Vandercooks were regularly used for color proofing, and the 2 and 4
color models were made specifically for that, but each color had its
own plate. Plates were typically in the 110-120 line for publication
printing on coated stocks, but 133 line was not uncommon in
letterpress. The Vandercook 30-26 was their last 4-color proof press
and it was huge--16,000# and 26 feet long. There are still several of
these around and one of the last active ones from the Washington Post
newspaper is now in Iowa.
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, Lisa Davidson
> Hi, Duncan,
> Well, yes, if it's a proof press it ought to be able to proof --
> I didn't know how much into the color area it was designed to go.
> know that proofing was done, but proofing of what, I don't know.
> I really know is that where I used to work, they had one, and they
> were a type house.
> Yes, I have been asking a lot of questions about various areas, and
> just yesterday mailed away a check and soon will have a Vandercook
> Model 3. Basically because I'm afraid of sticking my hand into a
> platen press. And for other reasons, too, of course. Call me
> neurotic but long-lived, I hope.
> What does your work look like? What kind of paper surface are you
> printing on? the usual artist type 100% rag uncoated, I take it?
> As for what I'm trying to achieve -- if you can bear with me,
> questions are the first stage of it. As for experience -- lots
> lots of typesetting. If you gave me an enema of Franklin Gothic I
> could probably tell you what size it was.