Vandercook Assembly Line, 1934

assemblyline9-6-34 This photo shows the interior of the Vandercook & Sons plant at 900 N. Kilpatrick Avenue in Chicago. Similar shots are used in catalogs of this era. In the foreground and suspended at left are 219s, further back are what look to be four 22s, a No. 3 and a 17. The plant built by Vandercook in 1928 and used until 1954 it is still standing today.
(Photo courtesy of Don Black Linecasting.)

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Casey McGarr
15 years ago

Thanks for posting the photo.


Paul Moxon, Moderator
15 years ago

Most likely, Dan. For those who don’t know Port Newark-Elizabeth in New Jersey has long been a major shipping terminal and was the home of American Type Founders. For many years ATF sold small Vandercooks such as the No. 3, which would fit into a crate this size. Then again, maybe this press was bound for Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

The Arm
15 years ago

The right crate appears to be going to ATF!

Daniel Morris
The Arm Letterpress
Brooklyn, NY

Paul Moxon, Moderator
15 years ago

Apparently. The model/serial number cards shows that Vandercook exported presses to Australia, Canada, Great Britain, and continental Europe through several firms. During this timeframe Deberny et Peignot, the famous typefoundry, was the dealer for France.

Thomas Hardjono
15 years ago

Are those boxes heading for Paris? :)


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