The Vandercook census has reached a milestone. There are now 2,000 Vandercook flatbed cylinder proof press still existing worldwide. That’s just 6.6% of the 30,000 presses the company manufactured between 1909 and 1976. To my chagrin, 12% of entries have incomplete data. A few more press that have not been included at their owners request. There are also 73 showcard style office presses counted separately.
I’ve also compiled censuses for the main other brands of proof presses. Here’s the present count: Asbern 57, Challenge 99, Hacker 12, Korrex 94, Potter 32, Reprex 24, Saroglia (Canuck) 3 and Western 4.
Dafi Kühne in Switzerland has announced that the number of known FAG presses now stands at 100. Congratulations to him on his tremendous work. See http://proofpress.ch.
How many more proof presses will be found? Hard to say. About once a month I learn of another. Possibly, there’s still more in Central and South America where tons of used letterpress equipment was shipped in the 1980s.