Ilford "N" Printer   


I have not seen an Ilford N Printer. It does not even resemble a Kenprinter. Paper travels from left to right and Kenprinters worked the other way around. I believe that Ilford Limited may have made this printer themselves in isolation from Kennington & Bourlet. Correspondence with LesDutfield has confirmed this was the case. Along with the roll head printer Ilford offered these to finishers on a lease arrangement providing they purchased Ilford materials to use on  these machines. K&B gear was by contrast available only by outright purchase.  The British Journal Photographic Almanac for 1959 describes it in the "new goods" section as follows:-

(Ilford Limited, Ilford, Essex)
Designed primarily for the making of enprints to British dimensions, the Ilford "N" Printer is of very sturdy construction, with simple controls to allow the apparatus to be used by relatively unskilled operators. Postcard and small enlargements can also be made from a variety of negative sizes upto 2 ½ x 3 ½ inches. As a high speed automatic projection printer the specification is most comprehensive. Setting the printer takes only a few moments and each negative carrier bears the information for setting the carriage. the paper transport and the paper mask, according to the negative in use 
and the required print size. The lens is automatically focused as the carriage is positioned for the different magnifications.
The lamphouse contains a 500W lamp with integral mirror; the light is reflected upwards by a mirror-diffuser through a double condenser. A safelight is fitted in the lamphouse to facilitate the positioning of the negative in the carrier. Exposure control is completely automatic, the light being reflected from the image on the paper on to a photocell, which, in conjunction with an electronic timer, controls the exposing time of the enlarging lamp. A manually operated plus and minus control is fitted to allow density the operator to over-ride the machine exposure when printing difficult negatives. The depression of the footswitch initiates the exposure and afterwards transports the paper. A guillotine and numbering stamp are incorporated in the printer.
The " N " Printer employs llford Kenprinter  paper in 250-ft. rolls, 3 ½ in. wide, and is supplied with a paper chute for strip processing. The printer can be adapted, at extra cost, for taking up the paper on to a spool for continuous processing.
Price of the llford " N" Printer is £500 OS Od.