Equipment

Printing letterpress Provo

Vandercook SP-15

Nickname: Unnamed

Maximum Form Size: 14 × 18″

Maximum Sheet Size: 14 ¾ × 20″

Weight: ≈705 lbs.

Production Date: 1925

Description: Proof Press. Larger form size than the Chandler & Price presses. Harder to cut off your finger/arm/head with this than the C&Ps.

History: Purchased from Rex in Olancha, California. Where is Olancha? That about sums it up… He purchased it from a company that he cannot remember the name of. Joined Rowley Press in January, 2010.

C&P Old Style Letterpress

Chandler & Price | Old Style

Nickname: The Scholar

Maximum Form Size: ≈10 x 15″ depending on printing density of the form

Maximum Sheet Size: Whatever you can stuff in there safely

Weight: ≈1500 lbs.

Production Date: 1886

Description: Platten Jobber press. Electric variable speed motor & soon to be outfitted with a treadle. Prints and Die-cuts.

History: Purchased from Patricia Dailey of Los Angeles, CA. It was owned by Patricia’s  father who used it to print invitations for wine tasting parties etc. to promote his wine importing business. He was also a doctor. Patricia became a dear friend of Leland’s; so one letterpress and one friend for the same price. Good deal! Called “The Scholar” because it came from a very educated garage. Patricia is a professor at Columbia University and I think her sparkling intelligence rubbed off on her press.

C&P New Style Letterpress

Chandler & Price | New Style

Nickname: The Silver Bullet

Maximum Form Size: ≈10 x 15″ depending on printing density of the form

Maximum Sheet Size: Whatever you can stuff in there safely

Weight: ≈1800 lbs.

Production Date: 1918

Description: Platten Jobber press. Electric variable speed motor. Prints and Die-cuts.

History: Purchased from Charlie England, a retired printer of over 60 years, who lived in Salt Lake. He acquired the Silver Bullet from a newspaper print shop who were going to throw it away.

Paper Cutter

Challenge Advance Paper Cutter

Nickname: Unnamed

Maximum Paper Size: 23 x ∞

Weight: ≈700 lbs.

Production Date: circa late 1800s

Description: Guillotine paper cutter from the 1800’s. Can cut stacks of paper inches thick, depending on how many donuts you ate that morning.

History: Came from the same garage as the Chandler & Price Old Style press. See that entry for more details.

letterpress book press

Antique bookbinding Press # 4

Nickname: Unnamed

Fully extended Length: 16 3/4″ x Height: 14 5/8″Weight: ≈700 lbs.

Opened on all sides: 2 7/8″ opening Height.

Book plate Actual: Length: 12 5/8″ x Width:10″

Production Date: circa early 1900s

Description: This is a book press that was made sometime in the early 1900s.

History: All we know about the history of this baby is that we purchased it from a man named Bruce who drove a silver Chrysler Sebring from the 2000’s. We met in the Costco parking lot in Murray, UT. Bruce is from Kearns, UT which is near where we met. He got the book press hoping to make some books, but it just sat around his garage collecting dust. Bruce is about 50 or 60 and works a part-time job as a security guard. An exceptionally nice man. Purchased by Rowley Press on March 24, 2010.

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5 Comments

  1. Love the histories!

  2. Simy Gartz

     /  May 27, 2010

    this is so cool. I think your place is not only a printing press. It is a museum. I can’t wait to come for a visit. By the way, it was very nice to meet you at Slab.

  3. My two favorite things, old cast iron and the smell of ink. What wonderful things!

  4. My family had a shop with 3 of the ‘scholar’ type presses. I don’t miss cleaning in the hot type room, but I can still hear them per-clunking on the small run books, even over the huge heidlberg 3-colour.

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