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Site Revisions in Progress

Please bear with us as I make a major overhaul of this website over the next few days weeks. To simplify the URLs, site structure and improve search engine optimation, the subdirectory /vanderblog has been eliminated and the forum moved to the root directory vandercookpress.info. There have been service interruptions that I am working to …

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Newly Discovered Vandercook Portraits

Recently, I acquired some Vandercook materials that had belonged to David Dodge Vandercook (1901–1975), who was Vice President of Engineering and Board Secretary for Vandercook & Sons. He was the second son of company founder Robert O. Vandercook (1866–1951). The company frequently used the portrait of R.O. Vandercook (above left) in promotional literature, but apparently, …

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Vandercook Census Poised to Reach a New Milestone

The Vandercook press census is about to total 2,400 presses. First compiled in 2006. It was thought that it might top out at 1,200. Three years later during the Vandercook Centenary, it was just short of 2,000. Although the pace has slowed in recent years, unknown presses still come to light. Presently, 8.5% of census …

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Grafix Proof Press for Sale in Amsterdam

  Big unique good working automatic letterpress proofing press. Paper size 52×74 cm Printing size 52×72 cm Letter height 24.85 mm (Dutch height) Works on 380 Volt, weight is about 2.500 kilo. Starting bid is € 3000,– which is $ 3.500,– in US Dollars Frits van Vliet afwezig op woensdag Gyroscoopweg 21 A 1042 AC …

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A Wesel Down Under

This rare Wesel proof press, in Australia, has been brought to my attention by its owner Josh Dobija of Dobija Print World. It appears to be the “Self-feeding Self-Inking Web Proof Press,” made by F. Wesel Manufacturing Co., circa 1888-1903. Wesel was an early innovator of flatbed cylinder proof presses whose sophisticated equipment predated Vandercook. …

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