Vandercook #1 Proving Press

Manufacturer: Vandercook & Sons, Chicago, IL, USA

Model: Model #1

Y.O.M: 1929

Serial No.: 4522

Size: 14" x 20"

Restored: 2015


The Vandercook proving press is easily the most popular and sought after proof press in the world. Even today, hundreds can still be found in many art studios and boutique printers - busy churning out wonderful letterpress work of art. It all began in 1909, when Robert Vandercook founded Vandercook & Sons in Chicago, and started manufacturing proof presses. By the end of the run in late 1960s, more than 38,000 presses were produced and sold world-wide, featuring dozens of models and variants.

The restored Vandercook No. 1 press now joins the Vandercook No. 4 and Power 219 - together they proudly stand as the ambassadors representing one of the most prolific American manufacturers of presses at Howard Iron Works Museum.

Join our mailing list

Stay up-to-date with the latest museum news and activities.