Road Trip

I’m planning to drive to the Ladies of Letterpress conference in Mt Pleasant IA in June 27-29. My route will put me on I-55 from Jackson MS through Memphis and near St Louis. If anyone is interested in my making a Vandercook service call along the way, send me a message via the contact page.

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L.W. Claybourn

Leslie William “Lex” Claybourn (1883–1956) was a printing process pioneer who was issued over 200 U.S. patents. Like Horace Hacker and R.O. Vandercook, Claybourn worked to improve photoengraving and process plates and to reduce makeready. In 1921, he established Claybourn Process Corp. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which made, among other machines, a multicolor press that printed […]

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Vanderpurge circa 1965

When folks lament that there are no replacement parts for their ancient press, there’s a reason. Fritz Klinke, owner of NA Graphics and the Vandercook archives, sent me this jpeg showing a Vandercook Engineering Change Order for the 325 series. “This particular change order is about nine pages long, and includes other models. I just grabbed that one and […]

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A new must-read letterpress site

Dear Vanderfolk, add one more bookmark for your letterpress edification: Letterpress Commons. This is a comprehensive, user-created and user-edited, wiki-style website covering all aspects of letterpress practice. Registered users are free to add or modify existing articles, and suggest new topics. All contributions are moderated by an editor with the goal of only publishing objective and substantive material. Some […]

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