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:


2 thoughts on “Paper Towers

  1. Fritz Klinke - December 30, 2009

    I’ll be seeing Eric in the morning and see if he can find this typewriter in his “collection.” We visited M&H Type today and took a look at their Vandercook 22 automatic galley proof press that looks like it needs new rollers. They have several hundred galleys of type to proof in the upcoming months and the current rollers appear to be undersized, or have shrunk from age, so that they have to underlay the type galleys to get the type high enough to ink. Rollers on these galley presses are not adjustable. They were casting 18 pt Centaur on one of the comp casters for an upcoming book, and 18 pt News Gothic Condensed on one of the Thompsons.

  2. Eric Holub - December 7, 2009

    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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