Equipment

Type

We have wood and metal type available for use in the Letterpress Studio. Some of our cases of type are more full than others, so it's a good idea to come in and have a look before you get too far along in your design. 
Wood type specimen book (PDF 10MB)
Metal type specimen book (PDF 15.6MB)

Presses and Cutters

Vandercook SP20 Cylinder Proof Press

students with press

  • Current use: Printing on flexible paper (not board) with precise registration for complex printing like multiple colors or passes through the press, finely detailed relief images. Allows for clean single color printing or painterly hand-inking
  • Letterpress printing with wood/metal type, and relief printing from wood/linoleum blocks and polymer plates
  • Make/age/where made: Vandercook Sp20—made in Illinois in the 1960s
  • Size: Prints sheets of paper up to 18 x 24 inches (not great for smaller than 5x7 inches
  • Learn more about the Vandercook Press.

Vandercook SP15 Cylinder Proof Press

Student with press

  • Current use: Printing on flexible paper (not board) with precise registration for complex printing like multiple colors or passes through the press, finely detailed relief images. Allows for clean single color printing or painterly hand-inking
  • Letterpress printing with wood/metal type, and relief printing from wood/linoleum blocks and polymer plates
  • Make/age/where made: Vandercook Sp15—made in Illinois in the 1960s
  • Size: Prints sheets of paper up to 14 x 18 inches (not great for smaller than 5x7 inches
  • Learn more about the Vandercook Press

Improved Pearl #11 Platen Press

Improved Pearl #11 Platen Press
  • Current use: Printing many copies quickly (once set up) on small paper or stiff board like coasters.
  • Letterpress printing with wood/metal type, and relief printing from wood/linoleum blocks and polymer plates
  • Die Cutting
  • Make/age/where made: Golding—made in Boston ~1880s
  • Size—platen is 7 x 11 inches—prints slightly smaller than 7 x 11 inch paper
  • Learn more about Golding Press by Perennial Designs.

Table Top Platen Presses (6)

Table top presses
  • Current use: Printing on small paper or stiff board like coasters.
  • Letterpress printing with wood/metal type, and relief printing from wood/linoleum blocks and polymer plates
  • Learn more about table top platens with Letterpress Commons.
  1. Golding Official No. 12 Map Press—made in Boston ~1880s
    Size: 8.25 x 12.5 inches
    Also used to print legends or other material on a large sheet of paper
  2. Craftsman Superior (called the Pilot press in the studio)—made in Canada ~1960s
    Size: 6.5 x 10 inches
  3. Craftsman Monarch—made in Canada ~1960s
    Size: 9 x 12 inches
  4. Kelsey Excelsior Model C—made in Merriden, CT ~1960s
    Size: 6 x 10 inches
  5. Kelsey Excelsior Model A— made in Merriden, CT ~1960s
    Size: 3 x 5 inches
  6. Unknown Tiny Orange Press
    Size: 2 x 4 inches

Washington Iron Hand Press

Washington Iron Hand Press
  • Current use: Printing on paper or sometimes smooth cloth or plastic. Allows for straight single color printing or painterly hand-inking
  • Letterpress printing with wood/metal type, and relief printing from wood/linoleum blocks and polymer plates
  • Washington—Made in NYC in the second half of the 19th century
  • Size: Prints paper up to 20 x 26
  • Learn more about the Iron Hand Presses with the Print Museum and Letterpress Commons

Albion Iron Hand Press

Albion Iron Hand Press
  • Current use: Proofing type and blocks before printing the final edition; letterpress printing with wood/metal type, and relief printing from wood/linoleum blocks and polymer plates on paper, stiff cardboard (not too thick) or sometimes smooth cloth or plastic.
  • H.W. Caslon—Made in London in the early 20th century
  • Size: Prints paper up to 20 x 26
  • Learn more about Iron Hand Presses with the Print Museum

Photopolymer Platemaker

Platemaker
  • Current use: making relief polymer plates from images scanned or created digitally, to be printed with letterpress
  • Make/age/where made: WSL/Boxcar Press in 2015
  • Size: makes 10 x 13 inch plates