Vandercook Rocking proof press

Vandercook Rocking proof press

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Description (Brief)
This rocking proof press was made by Robert O. Vandercook in 1908. It is missing its feed table, but includes a side casting reading: “VANDERCOOK PRESS PAT APLD FOR.” The press has a height of 13 inches a width of 13 inches and a length of 18.5 inches.
Robert Vandercook’s famous line of cylinder proof presses was introduced in 1908 with this unusual rocking proofer. The cylinder—in reality, a segment of a cylinder—is geared on both sides to tracks on the bed. Wheels at the axis of the cylinder run under shelves on the frame to hold the cylinder down against the type.
Donated by the Vandercook Division of ITW Inc., 1973.
Citation: Elizabeth Harris, "Printing Presses in the Graphic Arts Collection," 1996.
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Object Name
Press, Printing
Date made
Vandercook, Robert O.
place made
United States: Illinois, Chicago
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
overall: 13 in x 13 in x 18 1/2 in; 33.02 cm x 33.02 cm x 46.99 cm
overall: 12 1/2 in x 19 in x 13 1/2 in; 31.75 cm x 48.26 cm x 34.29 cm
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Work and Industry: Graphic Arts
Printing Presses in the Graphic Arts Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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