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Vandercook Simple Precision (SP-20) Press, 1961



The Vandercook Simple Precision (SP-20) Press was manufactured by Vandercook & Sons around 1961. Robert Vandercook began manufacuring presses in 1909. In time, the name Vandercook became synonymous with proof presses. The SP-20 is a larger version of the SP-15. It was designed to print repro proofs from metal type forms on a specific type of paper. These were used to make photo-litho plates for offset printing. The impression cylinder is automatically in print mode, unlike earlier Vandercook presses, unless manually switched to trip mode. It features 'quick change' rollers.


  • Creation: 1961


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers, but must be handled and used with the supervision of a curator.


24.1 square feet Item(s) : 1,140 lbs ; 3 ft 3 in x 7 ft 5 in


From the Collection: English

Physical Location

Located in Printmaking Studio, RIT College of Art and Design, Booth Hall 4501.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Previously housed at the RIT School of Printing.


James Moran, "Printing Presses: History and Development from the Fifteenth Century to Modern Times," Berkeley, University of California Press, 1973.
Paul Martin Tonsing, "The Power of the Press: History and Development of Printing Presses from the Fifteenth Century to the Twenty-first Century," Fort Worth, Tex.: P & T Pub. Co., 1999.
Paul Moxon, "Vandercook SP20," Letterpress Commons, n.d. url accessed 14 December 2022:

Physical Facet

style: cylinder press

Physical Facet

bed dimensions: 20 x 34.5 in.

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max sheet: 19.5 x 28 in.

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serial number: 27845

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draw sheet: 19 x 34 in.

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max form: 19 x 26 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection Repository

Rochester NY 14623 US
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