Extras include manuals Challenge Style 265-305 Instruction and Parts List and Challenge 265-305 Style H Cutter Manual and Parts List; two extra blades, one sharp, one dull; ten new white plastic cutting sticks; Walden Worcester wrench for blade bolts (very useful); hand paper sheet adjusters from Crown Williamette Paper Co. and Kemper Tools RB2.
Purchased reconditioned about 27 years ago.
Shipping notes: Weight is 1,020 lbs. Height of table from floor, 34 inches. Width of cutter, 44 inches. Length of cutter, 58, inches. Height of cutter, 53 inches. Will pass through door with lever and balance weight removed, 37 inches. Will pass through door with table removed, 28-1/2 inches.
This comes with over thirty years of extras and press parts, including two MB811 Bunting flatbases for printing with photopolymer plates, imported brass roller rail supports (see pics), Vandercook press manual, original Vandercook press cloth cover, new unused drive belt (for motor), two sets of (used) inking rollers from RotaDyne (Chino), positive lockup bar, press lamp, new washup blade for automatic washup, extra bearing block assemblies (3) for rollers, extra unused crescent for oscillatig ink drum, Challenge .918 type high gauge, Vandercook roller setting gauge, Challenge Hempel guoin key, maintenance tools (original screwdriver, wrench, etc.), packets of tympan paper sheets.
Photos of work done on the press can be seen here and throughout this blog. More photos of the press are available upon request.
For further details, photos, etc. contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gerald Lange, typographer & printer
by Chandler Burr (5/27/2010)
Gerald Lange at the very first CODEX with his Bieler Press roller setting gauge made at Jet Propulsion Laboratory; photo courtesy of Paul Romaine.
Gerald Lange is the proprietor and founder of The Bieler Press, a small printing and publishing firm specializing in studio letterpress, typographic design, and the publication of finely-printed limited edition books and related matter. Gerald also regularly teaches courses in typography and letterpress printing at the Art Center College of Design and the Otis College of Art and Design. He is the author of the single best text on printing from photopolymer, Printing Digital Type on the Hand-Operated Flatbed Cylinder Press.
3Q: I was lucky enough to go to a high school with a very robust letterpress program (various C&Ps and proof presses, two working Linotypes, lots and lots of type). The school was torn down in the last decade and when they rebuilt the structure, letterpress was not in the cards - the entire printing program was eliminated. Do you see the resurgence in interest in craft printing among adults as a replacement or reaction to the loss of such school-age trade programs? What do you think the long-term effects of the loss of such programs will be on the book design, book publishing, and graphic design trades? Are we looking at letterpress being seen only as a kind of materialist fetish, or can it keep its value as a trade and craft?
GL: Most of the high school print shops disappeared ages ago. I remember taking a course in printing at my high school but it wasn't until I went to grad school that I encountered letterpress printing again and made the huge career mistake of getting enamored with it enough to start a printing/publishing business.
In the mid-1970s as commercial letterpress died out it also experienced a resurgence with the Fine Press Renaissance of the period. That itself loss its attraction by the turn of the century and was replaced with the current resurgence, which is quite a different animal altogether. This recent thing has far more to do with the "cult of the amateur" trend fostered by the web and to a degree by the "future shock" that has been associated with turn of the centuries, and of course by the promotion of it by celebrity Martha Stewart.
If one seriously considers the future of letterpress it doesn't look all that promising. It is limited by the very nature of its current attraction; its material basis. There are no new presses being built, there are no more commercially viable metal type foundries, etc. The purposeful decline in film manufacture does not ultimately bode well for those who have switched over to photopolymer plates as the alternative.
Letterpress is very hot right now but trends evolve out, I can attest to that. Then again, no one can, with any certainty, predict the future.
• M.V. Huffman Lightweight Expandable Speed Furniture in Cabinet. Cabinet holds 21 pieces of magnesium expandable furniture: 15 x 30 (2), 20 x 20 (2), 20x 30 (2), 25 x 20 (2), 25 x 30 (2), 30 x 20 (2), 30 x 30 (2), 35 x 20 (1), 35 x 30 (1), 40 x 20 (1), 40 x 30 (1), 45 x 30 (1), 50 x 30 (1), 50 x 30 (1). Indispensible. Made by M.V. Huffman Mfg. Co., LA, Calif. Cabinet measures 13-3/4" by 14-1/8" by 4-5/8" (5-3/8" with furniture). 40+ pounds with furniture. The cabinet is very well made (but has a couple of slight impressions on top) and painted (no manufacturer’s name).
• Challenge Hi-Speed Quoins in Cabinet. Cabinet holds eight each of 3", 4.5", 6", 7.5", 9", 10.5", and 12" long high speed quoins. American Printing Equipment & Supply Co. cabinet is well made and in excellent condition. Very rare. Challenge Mchry. Co. quoins are complete. Used (with ink stains) but all in working condition. Challenge sold the product line to Bar-Plate in 1996. The 4.5", 7.5", and 10.5" are no longer made. Cabinet measures 15-11/32" by 11-9/16" by 4-7/32" and with quoins is very heavy (over 50 pounds!).
• Boraxo Pro-Pumice bar soap. Unopened bars of a hard-working soap that effectively removes grime from hands. Manufactured by Dial but recently discontinued. A professional grade hand-cleaning bar with moisturizers including aloe vera and crushed apricot seeds. Combines cleaning power of soap and borax with scrubbing action of pumice. Biodegradable, recyclable packaging. 32 4.25-oz bars in box. Total with shipping, $78.
• Lewis Roberts Fine Printing Inks wall display. Vintage promo wall display for ink cans [from Lewis Roberts Inc., Mpls.]. 11-1/4 pounds. 27-1/4" high, 19-1/2" wide, 4-1/2" deep. Five shelves measure 18-3/4" by 3-3/8" each. Structurally very good, thin steel. Quite retro (!) with many old ink stains, etc. $275, shipping extra.
• Vandercook press pins. Alloy steel pins used throughout Vandercook SP presses and others. Must have on hand in case of breakage on press. Nominal pin diameter is 5/16" (0.0002" tolerance/oversized), 1-1/2" long, 11,500 lb single shear, Grade 8. Pin has one beveled and one rounded end. $4.75 per (no limit).
• Storage Brass Galley Tray. Chicago Brass Company (Patented, Kenosha, Wisconsin). 24" long by 6-3/4" wide by 5/8" deep. Borders (all around) are 1/4" wide with similar grove. Weighs 4 pounds, 1-1/2 ounces. Colored through use and outside bottom scratched but no noticeable internal scratching. More pics available. $95.00.
• Hi-speed quick change aluminum furniture, MV Huffman Mfg. Co., LA. In addition to the cabinet with 21 sets of furniture (above), sold separately are singles from 10-pica to 60-pica. Inquire.
• New brass .918 bearer supports 24-pt by 26 inches from Stephenson Blake, Sheffield, England. Price is $130 each. Sold in sets of two only.
• Double S font of English Resalite furniture in double font wood cabinet. $1,800 pick up only.
• Aluminum furniture made in Holland. Small clean family of 40-pica length in widths of 6-pica (2), 4-pica (4), 3-pica (3), 2-pica (5).
• Urethane Sponge Roller. Quickly removes excess moisture from the surface of photopolymer plates after washout during processing. 18" long small pore sponge roller (1-3/8" diameter) with 22" hollow aluminum shaft. These last quite some long time if stored in a container of water. New, in wraps. $149.95 plus shipping and sales tax where applicable. Currently NFS.
• Cylinder press bed plate. 33 by 20 inches (originally designed for a Vandercook 320). High grade 303 stainless steel (resistant to corrosion, non-magnetic) deadly precise at .05" thickness, and parallel from end to end, length and width. Produced at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (but never went to outer space!). Make a really good offer.
• Raw Photopolymer Plate Strips are available in various lengths at 2 to 4 inches in width at $25 per pound (minimum). See our blog on platemaking for more information. Only Toyobo plates are sold. In stock are strips of KF95 and KM152.
• Paper Humidors. Humidor boxes are used for storing and handling dampened paper during editioning. Dampened paper can be held for up to 3 days. Includes sponges. About 20 pounds each. These were constructed on the model described in Lewis Allen’s Printing With the Handpress. These are all from the Glen Price version produced in the early 1990s. These hold sheets up to 16 x 25 inches. Inside height including upper sponges is 7 inches; including handling is 3 to 4 inches during production. These are only sold in sets of two.
• Press Operator Side Paper Guides.
• MANY MORE ITEMS TO COME ! ! !
Currently stocked items include .002" and .003" Riegal, .004"/.005" LithPakII, and .006" Drum Head undersheets, as well as .007" PolyPak (tympan top sheet for 15") and .021" (15"), .017", .011" Kimlon (tympan bottom sheet). These are available in economical small lots. Materials provided are not scored or die cut for specific presses and sheet sizes are maximized for largest 15- and 20-inch presses, thus you will need to cut to fit using templates.
A PDF of sizes and prices is available upon request.
T-shirts offered are super heavyweight 100% pre-shrunk cotton manufactured by Gildan. Loose, comfortable fit—great letterpress printing shirts (your mileage may vary). Limited serigraph printings.
Last item is:
U Had Me at Heidelberg in ‟Original” typeface. Garment color is natural (off white). Black imaging, centered, upper chest. Logo measures 9-3/4 inches wide in the largest size. Available in S (4) M (1) 3XL (4) while they last (L XL 2XL are sold out).
Available direct from The Bieler Press. $19.95 each (California residents add $1.80 state sales tax).
Offered are extraordinary healthy collections of as new European foundry type:
Dominante, designed by Johannes Schweitzer in 1959 and cast by Ludwig & Mayer. Roman: 12-, 14-, 16-, 20-, 24-, 28-, 36-, 48-pt. Italic: 14-, 16-, 20-, 24-, 28-, 36-pt. Bold: 14-, 16-, 20-, 24-, 28-, 36-, 42-pt. There are 28 cases (including one case with type in wrappers, and extra sort case as shown). 1,080+ pounds.
Claudius Fraktur, designed by Rudolf Koch and cast by the Kingspor foundry. 10D-, 12D-, 16D-, 18D-, 20D-, 24D-, 30D-, 40D-pt. There are 10 cases. 350+ pounds.
Also available are several rare and hard-to-find metal typefaces from various domestic and foreign foundries. The fonts are in very good to as new condition.
Bulletin Typewriter (BB&S) 18-, 24-, 36-pt in 4 cases (155+ pounds)
Domino (Ludwig & Mayer) 20-, 30-, 54-pt in 2 cases (65+ pounds, as new)
Folio Medium Extended (Bauer) 24-, 30-, 36-, 42-, 54-, 66-pt in 6 cases (260+ pounds)
Information Grotesque (Klingspor) 24-, 42-, 66-pt in 3 cases (100+ pounds)
Lydian (ATF) 84-, 96-pt in 4 cases (110 pounds)
Nubian (ATF) 6-, 18-, 24-, 60-, 72-pt in 5 cases (180 pounds)
Small sets of large point size foundry-cast script spacing material: 42-pt, 48-pt, 54-pt, 60-pt, 84-pt. Total of 25 pounds. This is used in setting foundry straight-bodied script where the letterforms extend beyond the boundary of the body.
Large amount of metal type spacing material for sale in the form of medium to large point size quads: 24-pt em (11.75 pounds), 30-pt em (23.50 pounds), 36-pt em (9.50 pounds), 48-pt em, (11.50 pounds), and 48-pt x 36-pt (16.25 pounds). We also have small amounts of large and odd-size spacing material.
Available from The Bieler Press are several colors of Usuzumi Japanese paper. Remaining colors and quantities:
227 blue-green (turquoise)
This was made from recycled calligraphy paper (fairly smooth on one side, slight bit of texture on the other) and is a very durable text weight (40± lbs per ream). Extremely color fast. Non-acidic. Very useful as endsheets and a great letterpress paper; prints well without dampening. It also prints without problem with a laser printer. Size is 21.5 x 31 inches. This paper was discontinued in 1996.
Repackaged (mixed quantities/colors):
1-99 sheets $1.25 per sheet; 100+ sheets $1.00 per sheet.
100 sheet bundles (one color each bundle):
1-4 bundles: $87.50 per bundle (broken bundle overage per color at .75 per sheet); 5+ bundles: $75.00 per bundle (broken bundle overage per color at .675 per sheet).
Offered are No. 4 Standard Jaw Hooks for securing and registering photomechanical engravings on PMC Warnock Diagonal Block Bases. Bevel at 20 degrees. These hooks are designed for thin-lipped style bases and will not fit the later thick-lipped bases. Patent on hooks is Dec 11, 06 / Oct 31, 11. Manufacturer is Printing Machinery Co. They are used but functional.
Also available are as new hooks, keys, key bits, for honeycomb bases.