Challenge Census

This data table attempts to catalog existing Challenge relief proof presses. Currently, there are 154 presses listed. Challenge presses were built in Grand Haven, MI, between 1935 and 1973. C, E, G, and K series presses have reciprocating beds. M series presses have rigid beds and strongly resemble SP series Vandercooks.

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Please provide the following information:
• model name
• serial number
• owner name
• location
• where or from whom it was acquired (to eliminate duplicate entries)

ModelYearS/NOwnerLocationNotes
15 GP1962–19634889San Jose Printers' GuildUSA CA San JoseFormerly at San Jose State University
15 GP1962–19634885Beth HoweUSA WA SeattleFormerly at University of Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, BC, Canada.
15 GP1962–19634794Visual Arts Center of RichmondUSA VA Richmond
15 GP1958–19594074U. of MichiganUSA MI Ann Arbor
15 GP19583970Pink Line PressUSA NJ Kenilworth
15 GP19583967Alamo PrintingUSA TX San AntonioEbay 05/2012
15 GP1957–19583740Out of Sorts PressUSA KS Wichita
15 GP1957–19583738Bemidji State UniversityUSA MN Bemidji
15 GP1956–19573599Ed RettigUSA OR Corvallis
15 GP1956–19573597Ben JonesUSA KS Kansas City
15 GP1956–19573510Loyola UniversityUSA LA New Orleans
15 GP1956–19573507Excelsior PressUSA NJ Frenchtown
15 MPC19696158Bainbridge Artisan Resource NetworkUSA WA Bainbridge
15 MP1970–19716370Mancos Common PressUSA CO Mancos
15 MP1971–19726461PrivateUSA GA Decatur
15 MP1969–19706243unknownUSA DC WashingtonReported by Dave Seat
15 MP1969–19706232Dawson Print Shop at NSCAD UniversityCanada NS Halifax
15 MP19696133Elefant PressUSA TX Dallas
15 MP1968–19696094Shelter BooksUSA MA Orange
15 MP1968–19696029Kent State UniversityUSA OH Kent
15 MP1968–19696007Nantahala School for the ArtsUSA NC Bryson City
15 MP1967–19685996St Brigid PressUSA VA Afton
15 MP1967–19685995Society of Northern Alberta PrintmakersCanada AB EdmontonPreviously owned by Pioneer Press
15 MP1967–19685991BlackHare StudioUSA TX Robinson
15 MP19675836Deirdre Thompson/Arts & Recreation LetterpressUSA OR Portland
15 MP1966–19675772LordymercyUSA TN Nashville
15 MP1966–19675723Number52 LetterpressCanada BC Langley
15 MP19665606Shooting Star PressUSA AR Little Rock
15 MP1965–19665588Hooligan PressCanada ON Toronto
15 MP1965–19665587Denise BookwalterUSA FL Tallahassee
15 MP1965–19665567Matt KelseyUSA CA Saratoga
15 MP19655491Brad Murph / Vertalee LetterpressUSA TX Austin1965
15 MP19655490Small Works / Gerald F. SchulzeUSA MI Detroit
15 MP19655318Buzzworm StudiosUSA OR Portland
15 MP19655315Andy FarkisUSA NC Asheville
15 MP1964–19655298I Am Here CardsUSA AR Fayetteville
15 MP1964–19655239BlackHare StudioUSA TX Robinson
15 MP1964–19655231Kim MaherUSA IA Iowa CityFormerly owned by Kim Merker
15 MP1964–19655220Don Black LinecastingCanada ON TorontoFor sale
15 MP19645143West Meadow PressCanada ON Clifford
15 MP19645135ArtOrgUSA MN Cannon Falls
15 MP19645045Nantahala School for the ArtsUSA NC Bryson City
15 MP19645016Flatbed SplendorUSA FL St Petersburg
15 MA1972–19736589Presshaus LAUSA CA Los AngelesFormerly at Dingbat Press
15 MA19696155Ladislav HankaUSA MI Kalamazoo
15 MA19696150Workhorse PrintmakersUSA TX Houston
15 MA1968–19696000William (Bill) J. MurrayUSA GA AmericusPurchased in 1978 in Plains GA from Billy Carter.
15 MA1967–19685993U. of UtahUSA UT Salt Lake City
15 MA1967–19685951Chair City Oral History Series and Community Art CenterUSA MA Gardner
15 MA19675895Lauri TalyorUSA UT Murray
15 MA1966–19675773Brad VetterUSA KY Louisville
15 MA19665636U. of MissouriUSA MO Columbia
15 MA19665603Speakeasy PressUSA VA Falls Church
15 MA1965–19665504unknownUSA OH AustinburgFor sale Briar Press 04/2010
15 MA1965–19665501Brad VetterUSA KY Louisville
15 MA19655417Letterpress LettersJapan, Tokyo
15 MA19655408Atlanta Printmakers StudioUSA GA Atlanta
15 MA19655338Kevin Martin/the PapertrailCanada ON New Dundee
15 MA1964–19655228Route 3 PressUSA IA Anamosa
15 MA19645146Royal CutUSA PA Lebanon
15 M1968–19696030David Morrish / DeadCat PressCanada ON Ameliasburg
21 MP1970–19716392PrivateUSA CA Paradise
21 MP19696141Monica KiddCanada AB Calgary
21 MP19665668Kennesaw State UniversityUSA GA Kennesaw
21 MP19665667Jim HortonUSA MI Ann Arbor
21 MP19665655Tank Dive PressUSA GA Norcross
21 MP19665654Community PrintUSA WA Olympia
21 MPSycamore Creek PressUSA AZ Mesa
15 KP1962–19634766Extra Virgin PressUSA FL Miami
15 KP19594288Yoh LetterpressUSA MN Minnetonka
15 KP19594383State Capital Publishing MuseumUSA OK Guthrie
15 KA1956–19573518PrivateUSA OR SalemBriar 05/2017
15 KA19563419John Labovitz / Uphill Art FarmUSA WV Shanghai
15 KA1956–19573523Mark C. StrongUSA NM Taos1956, Original owner Humphrey Printing, Witchita Falls TX.
15 KA19594166The Foolproof PressUSA IA Miniburn
15 KA19594167PrivateUSA IL Elmhurst
15 KA19594220Old Timey PressUSA VA Richmond
15 KA19614545MakerspaceUSA NY IthacaFormerly at Cornell University
15 KA19614547The Press of Robert LoMascoloUSA NY Union Springs
15 KA1961–19624643Jason BalgopalCanada ON Toronto
15 KA1961–19624686Swing Bridge PressUSA NE Omaha
15 KA19655457University of Alabama HuntsvilleUSA AL Huntsville
15 KA1966–19675738Ed RettigUSA OR Corvallis
15 KA19655382O Underworld! PressCanada ON HavelockRecond. by Don Black Linecasting.
20 K1961–19624650City of Boston Graphic Arts / Printing PlantUSA MA BostonAuctioned 02/2011
20 K1960–19614478University of Central OklahomaUSA OK Edmond
20 KP19655465Texas A&M UniversityUSA TX Dallas
20 KP19645191PrivateUSA MO St. Louis
20 KP1960–19614457Dingbat PressUSA ID Driggs
20 KP19594188Les Cheneaux Design & TypeUSA OH Bowling Green
1528 K1952–19532298Rebecca GilbertUSA PA PhiladelphiaFormerly owned by Earl Nitschke/The Enigma Press
1528 K1949–19501294Shelburne MuseumUSA VT Shelburne
1528 K1948–19491127Boggs Graphic EquipmentUSA IN Goshen WireBidsWireBids 12/2014
1528 KA19655382Don Black LinecastingCanada ON Toronto
1528 KA1952–19532242Everett Katigbak/ typochondriac.comUSA CA San FranciscoRecond Hicks Bros.
1528 KA1952–19532238Flycatcher PressCanada ON TorontoFormerly at All Sorts Press
1528 KA1952–19532237College for Creative StudiesUSA MI Detroit
1528 KA1951–19522061PrivateUSA TX Lubbock
1528 KA1951–19522045Isto PressCanada BC Powell River1950
1528 KA19481048Alex Joyce / Chauvenon PressUSA TN Nashville
1528 KAElmwood PressUSA San Jose
1528 KP19552913Fox & Found PressCanada BC Vancouver
1528 KP19532487Ralph MilnerUSA GA Atlanta
1528 KP1949–19501204PrivateUSA VA Richmond
1528 KPU. of Toledo / Aureole PressUSA OH Toledo
1528 KPWillowdell PressUSA OH Toledo
2028 KA1948–19491132Revolution LetterpressUSA TN Knoxville
2028 KALee Arts CenterUSA VA Arlington
2028 KP19532320PrivateUSA CO Colorado Springs
2028 KP1948974U. of TennesseeUSA TN Knoxville
2025 K19501303Dungeon PressUSA MI Gand Rapids
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1534 H1969–19706287George BarnumUSA OH AustinburgFormerly owned by the Bellville (OH) Star.
1534 H1948736The Pinconning JournalUSA MI PinconningLikely purchased new in 1947-8 with the Challenge Diamond 30" paper cutter also in residence.
unknownAtelier CirculaireCanada QC Montreal
unknownBeautiful AngleUSA WA Tacoma
unknownBrad TeareUSA UT Providence
unknownBrigham Young University-- IdahoUSA ID Rexburg
unknownCowan and TetleyCanada BC Cumberland
unknownLennis MooreUSA IA Mt. Pleasant
unknownMesa CollegeUSA CA San Diego
unknownNikki McClureUSA WA Olympia
unknownConrad RossUSA AL Auburn
unknownSyracuse UniversityUSA NY Syracuse
unknownTwo PigletsUSA CA Monrovia

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