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.)

5 thoughts on “Vandercook Assembly Line, 1934

  1. Casey McGarr - May 22, 2009

    Thanks for posting the photo.


  2. Paul Moxon, Moderator - May 17, 2009

    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.

  3. The Arm NYC - May 16, 2009

    The right crate appears to be going to ATF!

    Daniel Morris
    The Arm Letterpress
    Brooklyn, NY

  4. Paul Moxon, Moderator - May 13, 2009

    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.

  5. Thomas Hardjono - May 13, 2009

    Are those boxes heading for Paris? :)


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