Vandercook tympan and press packing materials

The Bieler Press stocks several high quality calipered press packing materials, specifically those configured for hard, yet resilient, packing on letterpress flatbed cylinder presses. All materials supplied will fit 15- and 20-inch presses per cylinder size.

Currently stocked items include .002" and .003" Riegal and .006" Drum Head undersheets, as well as .007" PolyPak (tympan top sheet) and .021", .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. We are discontinuing Drum Head and the remaining stock is available for local pick up only.

Letterpress T-Shirts


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.

Vander-Cook tee shirt
Garment color is charcoal (purple-gray—same color as the old Vandercook press manuals). Black imaging, centered, upper chest. Logo measures 5-1/2 inches wide in the largest size. Sold out.

heidelberg altered logo
"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 M 3XL 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). Add for shipping: Priority Mail $6.51. PayPal payment accepted.

Metal foundry type collections


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)

Honeywell Micro Switch BZE6-2RN2

Several Honeywell BZE6-2RN2 Micro Switches are available. New in opened box. Includes installation instructions, screws, and housing, as issued. These are the adjustable roller lever, side mount type as used on Vandercook Universal Power presses.

Hard-to-find metal spacing material

Large lot (74 pounds) of metal spacing material in small pica (11-pt): 5.5-, 5-, 4-, 3-to-the-em, en quad, em quad. This sizing was specially ordered for hand composition. Originally purchased for the production of a book-length manuscript (very clean and sorted). Cast by the Press and Letterfoundry of Michael & Winifred Bixler.

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.

Usuzumi Japanese paper

Japanese Paper

Available from The Bieler Press are several colors of Usuzumi Japanese paper. Remaining colors and quantities:
227 blue-green (turquoise)
478 purple
506 orange
527 blue

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).

Warnock Jaw Hooks for Diagonal Block Bases / Honeycomb Base Essentials

PMC Warnock register jaw hooks for "thin lip" bases

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