Printing Presses

person with teal hair working on a Vandercook SP-15 printing pressText & conText features a Vandercook SP15 repro proof press.

Our SP15 was manufactured in the 1960s and designed to print reproduction-quality proofs: preliminary versions of printed pieces typically used to check design, copy and color before committing the piece to a large print run.

Exceptionally easy to use and accommodating paper up to 14"x18", the SP15 was one of Vandercook's most popular machines.

Columbian iron hand press

We also have a Columbian press dating from the late 1800s.

Only around 400 of these iron hand presses are thought to survive, many in museums, including the National Museum of Scotland, the Printing Museum in Tokyo, and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Because the print elements are individually hand-inked, this press is especially useful for producing multi-color prints quickly and easily.