Vandercook Composing Room Cylinder Info

Hello,

My name is Bree and I have been given the task to restore the letterpress at Grand Valley State University. I believe we have a #17 Composing Room Cylindrer however I cannot find any information on this press. I am wondering if anyone can direct me to instructions or any information regarding this letterpress, use, part, etc.

Thanks!

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Paul Moxon, Moderator
Admin
10 years ago

Bree, your press might actually be a No. 25, which is a larger version of the No. 17 Composing room cylinder. Check the other end of the press in the same location for the serial number.

For letterpress supplies:
John Barrett’s Lettepress Things http://www.letterpressthings.com/
Don Black Linecasting, http://donblack.ca/
Dave Churchman, churchmans@comcast.net
Fritz Klinke, NA Graphics, http://order.nagraph.com/storefront.html

I sent you Arie’s contact info in an email.

Arie Koelewyn
10 years ago

Bree:

I’m not as knowledgeable about Vandercooks as platen presses, but I have torn down and reconstructed a 325A and I’ll be taking Paul’s class on Vandercook maintenance at Type on the Cob (http://www.letterpressconference.com/) and I visit Allendale almost weekly. Let me know if I can help. At the very least, I can put you in touch with other Michigan printers through the Michigan Letterpress Guild.

—Arie Koeelwyn
The Paper Airplane Press
East Lansing, MI
USA

Paul Moxon, Moderator
Admin
10 years ago

I have a one page instruction sheet and a sales sheet I can send you.

Please look for a serial number on the right end of the bed near the hole for a lock up pin. It would be under the galley bed plate and grime/rust.

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