Vandercook “Office Press” Census

01This data table lists Vandercook Models 0, 01, 03, and 099 only. Currently, there are 98 presses listed (though there are probably many more yet to be counted). Often called sign, showcard, or gravity presses, these small proof presses differ from the larger models in that the impression cylinder rolls solely on the bearers, are not geared, and do not have an inking assembly nor a motor. These presses also have a separate serial number series. #0101 was the first office press manufactured in 1929 and #07952 was the first in 1957, after which production on these models ended. Because of their small size, there are still quite a few of these in letterpress shops.* The serial number is stamped into the bed bearer or in the case of the 099 on the bed. See also the main census for the larger geared-cylinder models, and the serial number tables. To add or correct data, use the Contact Form. Please provide the model name, serial number, owner/institution name and location.

ModelS/NOwnerLocationNotes
001158Maryland Institute College of Art / Dolphin PressUSA MD Baltimore
001175The Printmaking Center of New JerseyUSA NJ Branchburg
001332Pyramid AtlanticUSA MD Silver Spring
001436Robin EliovsonAustralia NSW Kenningston
001722Benjamin JonesUSA MO Kansas CityMovable register headstop and long side quoin, both adjustable with a wrench
002443PrivateUSA IL Lake Zurichebay 12/2014
002520Western New York Book Arts CenterUSA NY Buffalo
006002Tony GuadagnoloUSA TX Arlington
006037Pinwheel PressUSA WA Seattle
006088U. of OregonUSA OR Eugene
006244Kiss LetterpressUSA MN Stillwater
006484Rare Book SchoolUSA VA Charlottesville
006518Steven SharafianUSA WA Bainbridge Island
006702Suitcase PressUSA NJ Jersey City
006772Don TuckerUSA OK Oklahoma City
007068Washington UniversityUSA MO St. Louis
007124Starshaped PressUSA IL Chicago
007160PrivateUSA MA Boston
007276Garvin SierraUSA PR San Juan
007282McClain's Printmaking SuppliesUSA OR King City
007283Renegade Cascade EditionsUSA WA Olympia
007294Don HildredUSA CO LaPorte
007375Black Stone PressCanada BC Vancouver
007414Repeat PressUSA MA Somerville
007637Aron FayUSA MD Baltimore
007671Big Wheel PressUSA MA Northampton
007672October PressUSA KY Lexington
007663Amaranth PressUSA NY Syracuse
007727White DoveUSA MN St. Paulebay 10/2015
007742Tom NoyesUSA MN ?
007750Connie TurnbullCanada, QC, Montreal
007756Steve SylvesterUSA TX Houston
007760Middle Tennessee State UniversityUSA TN Murfreesboro
007824Greenboathouse PressCanada BC Vernon
007865Florida State UniversityUSA FL Tallahassee
007910John Van Hoorn Co.USA IL Wonder LakeBriar 07/2017
007926Lisa CampUSA MI Jenison
008097Shakespeare Press MuseumUSA CA San Luis Obispo
0Stan's Print ShopUSA OK Checotah
0Virginia Arts of the Book CenterUSA VA Charlottesville
0101077James AlcornUSA NY Staten Island
0102170Tom Parsons / Now It's Up to YouUSA CO Denver
0102521The New Overbrook PressUSA ME Camden
0102902Igloo PressUSA OH Columbus
0102910Hazel & VioletUSA AZ Phoenix
0103462Typecast PressUSA MD Baltimore
0103671Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the ArtsUSA NE Nebraska City
0103764Williams StationeryUSA NY Camden
0103902Manchester PressUSA MI Manchester
0104045Littlehouse PressUSA MA Attleboro
0104102Boggs Graphics EquipmentUSA OH ChagrinWireBids 07/2015
0105547Lauren HirschUSA KY Louisville
0105780Running Dog PressUSA VA Winchester
0105785Curly-haired PressUSA AL Prattville
0106052Wayne State UniversityUSA MI Detroit
0106436Firecracker PressUSA MO St. Louis
0302846Carl DuffieldUSA IL Forest Park
0303260I Am Here CardsUSA AR Fayetteville
0303318Jim BenvenutoUSA NY Potsdam
0303947Robert NugentUSA NM Santa Fe
0304919Greg ShattenbergUSA ME West Paris
0305821Hicks Bros.USA CA San Francisco
0306109La TipogaficaMexico Monterrey
0990133Two Birds PressUSA AL Birmingham
09902153Blackbird LetterpressUSA LA Lafayette
09902265GoWelshUSA PA Lancaster
09902609Mills CollegeUSA CA Oakland
09902864Hillside PressUSA CA San Francisco
09902874Kalie McGuirlUSA ME Thomaston
09903396The Attic PressUSA CA Mendocino
09903445Works in ClayUSA IA North Central
09903625Excelsior PressUSA NJ Frenchtown
09903697Ink SpotUSA MN St. Paul
09903703Letterpress ThingsUSA MA Chicopee
09903762School of Visual ConceptsUSA WA Seattle
09903970Burnt Toast PressUSA CA Eureka
09904005Turkey PressUSA CA Isla Vista
09904006International Printing MuseumUSA CA Carson
09904018Boggs Graphics EquipmentUSA OH ChagrinWireBids 07/2012
09904126PrivateUSA IL Lake ZurichEbay 5/2015
09904598A Revolutionary PressUSA ME Harborside
09904820Lauran MarcelisThe Netherlands Haarlem
09904850PrivateUSA CO Denver
09905011725 PressUSA NY Farmington
09905023Stiff 'n' Sore PressCanada ON Stouffville
09905064Hellbendre PressUSA NC Celo
09905142Boggs Graphics EquipmentUSA OH ChagrinWireBids 10/2013
09905198GoWelshUSA PA Lancaster
09905303MatterUSA CO Denver
09905613Wells CollegeUSA NY Aurora
09905626Sally GardnerUSA NY New York City
09905723School of Visual ConceptsUSA WA Seattle
09905770Scrabbletown Press / Dorothea BlackUSA MA Newtonville
09906569Stan's Print ShopUSA OK Checotah
099Boekdrukkerij PolkaNetherlands Amsterdam
099Het GonstBelgium Antwerpen
099Mama's SauceUSA FL Orlando
099RSVP PressUSA MA Boston

*Other brands include Challenge, Nolan, Showcard, Sign Press, and Triumph in the US; and Cropper, Farley, Soldan, Stephenson Blake in the UK. The German manufacturer Wittekinde exported its Triumf presses to the US under the name Atlantic.

Acknowledgments

I wish to thank everyone who has shared their Vandercook press data, but especially those individuals who made an extra effort to report multiple other Vandercooks of which they are aware: Nina Ardery, John Barrett, Don Black, Denise Brady, Alex Brooks, Terrence Chouinard, Duncan Dempster, Hans van Eijk, Eric Holub, Jonathan Jarvis, Richard Kegler, Val Lucas, Nicholas Kennedy, Gerald Lange, Val Lucas, Daniel Morris, Ray Nichols, Steve Robinson, Paul Romaine, Michael Russem, Sara Sauers, Beth Seat, Dave Seat, Harold E. Sterne, Bernie Vinzani, Rick von Holdt, Kristin Walker, Bill Whitley, Dan Wood, and of course Fritz Klinke. WP-Table Reloaded plugin by Tobias Bäthge.