Can someone tell me about the characteristics and specs of a “tindeck blanket,” the original packing specified for the impression cylinder of my No.2 Proof Press, according to the model description on the vandy site. Just curious, never having come across one.


Duncan Dempster
Honolulu, Hawaii

4 thoughts on “Tindeck?”

  1. Tindeck was a blanket material 1/32″ ( .031) thick made by the Tingue Brown Co. and it came in rolls. What the actual material was I haven’t found out yet. This company also made the “Improved Satisifaction Blanket” that was .025″ thick and that was specified for cylinders with a .070 undercut only, as found on the 320, as an example. Also specified was a “monocork 1/16” thick. All this came from the same company and I found it on print LM-16, Blanket, for the 320 press. Print is dated Apr. 30, 1930. And though “Tindeck” sounds like there was a metal backing or some such thing, it appears to be formed from the name of the company, Tingue. This material had a grain to it, and the blanket dimensions show that the grain was to run long on the 19×25 1/2 blanket. Interesting is that the one change made to this drawing is dated 9/26/63, after it had been made obsolete on 8/27/63. Even when made obsolete, Vandercook was changing things. The simple answer is that Tindeck was a flexible blanket material.

  2. Dylan Fareed’s new galley height late model #14 Vandercook has a sort of thick canvas underblanket. It has a shirttail kind of like the Bar Plate die jackets. Could it be that this is what you are talking about?

  3. I have one catalog offering the “Tindeck blanket” for the No. 2, the 32, etc.; a later catalog just refers to a “blanket” included with the same presses.
    The only 32 I’ve looked at had a heavy canvas underblanket, I think it was on its own reels. Smashed beyond repair, it was replaced with a rubber blanket. The point is to use something smooth, resilient, long-wearing.
    “Tindeck” may just refer to hard-wearing, not metallic (like canvas Filson Tin Pants).

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