Paper Towers

I scanned the assembly print for the Universal IV paper tower the other day for a customer and thought it may be of some interest. Though for the IV, it applies to the other Universals except for such things as tube length, shaft length, and the main spring (same in III and IV). These assembly prints show every part, spring, screw, and special instructions for assembly, many of which will read “file to fit” as a general instruction to the fabricating floor. These are in much greater detail than the drawings in the manuals and we generally have them for all the Vandercook presses and their various assemblies. The original drawing is done by hand in pencil on drafting vellum, and all the callouts are typed in–that’s a typewriter I’d like to have seen that would handle a 17×22 sheet of paper. These vellums could then be run through a Diazo (blueprint) machine to make copies. These are higher resolution scans, so they are on my flickr site at:


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Eric Holub
14 years ago

Fritz, if you need to make any corrections, I have a typewriter with an 18″ platen (that’s the roller on a typewriter). haven’t looked at it in years, but it is probably Pica (10 characters to the inch).

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