Vandercook Composing Room Cylinder Info


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.


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Paul Moxon, Moderator
11 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
Don Black Linecasting,
Dave Churchman,
Fritz Klinke, NA Graphics,

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

Arie Koelewyn
11 years ago


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 ( 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

Paul Moxon, Moderator
11 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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