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Vandercook No. 1 Proof Press, circa 1950



The Vandercook No. 1 Proof Press was manufactured by Vandercook & Sons around 1950. Robert Vandercook began manufacuring presses in 1909. In time, the name Vandercook became synonymous with proof presses. The No. 1 is part of the office press series. It has no foam rollers but paper grippers could be used. It is a simple galley press. Also called gravity presses or 'Showcard' presses.


  • Creation: circa 1950


Conditions Governing Access

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


6.11 square feet Item(s) : 250 lbs ; 20 x 44 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. 1973.
Paul Martin Tonsing. The Power of the Press: History and Development of Printing Presses from the Fifteenth Century to the Twenty-first Century. 1998.
Vandercook No. 1. Letterpress Commons.

Physical Facet

style: cylinder press

Physical Facet

bed dimensions: 10 x 20.625 in.

Physical Facet

max sheet: 15 x 32 in.

Physical Facet

serial number: 12275

Physical Facet

max form: 14.5 x 25 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection Repository

Rochester NY 14623 US
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