219 OS

219 OS Carriage latch follow up/rails question

So my 219 OS struggles continue and I wanted to give an update and hopefully get some more information. As discussed in this post: https://vandercookpress.info/2012/05/219-os-carriage-latch-question/ the wooden carriage latch had worn away enough that it wasn’t holding the cylinder carriage back at the feedboard. After some time, I came to the conclusion that it was contributing to registration …

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Vandercook 219os upper roller assembly weight/hack

I’ve discussed my frustration with adjusting the rollers on the 219os many times in many places, perhaps even here, perhaps in person (or via email) to some of you. For those unfamiliar, the upper roller assembly, which is comprised of the oscillating roller an two rider rollers, sits on top of the lower roller assembly …

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219 OS eccentric and rail questions

Hello- I’ve posted on Briar Press regarding some inking problems I was having with my 219 OS and have emailed/spoken with a few of you about these problems, but I have some additional questions that I thought best asked here. Currently, the carriage seems absurdly tight and heavy. At some point earlier it felt heavy, …

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Vandercook 219os Form Roller Dimensions

I am in the process of getting a set of roller cores recovered for my 219 old style but need the dimensions to provide the company recovering them for me. Can anyone help me out or point me in the right direction? Thanks in advance!

Rare No. 119 Proving Machine

Recently, I toured Thornwillow Press in Newburgh, New York where amongst the numerous letterpress equipment on premises is a 1927 Vandercook No. 119 Proving Machine. (The image at left is its entry in one of the early sales record books.) Currently,  this press is the only known example of the model in the census.*  In …

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