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Vandercook Universal I Press, 1958



The Vandercook Universal I Press was first manufactured by Vandercook & Sons in 1958. Robert Vandercook began manufacuring presses in 1909. In time, the name Vandercook became synonymous with proof presses. The Universal series introduced 'quick change' rollers where each roller is independently set into brackets inside the carriage. The ends of the cores are height adjustment knobs. The Universal I in the Cary has an adjustable bed, power carriage, and tape sheet delievery system.


  • Creation: 1958


Conditions Governing Access

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


20.9 square feet Item(s) : 1,300 lbs ; 2 ft 11 in x 7 ft 2 in


From the Collection: English

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Previously housed in 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 Universal 1," Letterpress Commons, n.d. url accessed 14 December 2022:

Physical Facet

style: cylinder press

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bed dimensions: 19 x 26 in.

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max sheet: 15.25 x 24 in.

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serial number: 27834

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draw sheet: 15 x 28.75 in.

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max form: 15 x 22 in.

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material: steel, aluminum, rubber, plastic

Repository Details

Part of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection Repository

Rochester NY 14623 US
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