Vandercook Composing Room Cylinder

Vandercook No. 17

Paul Moxon


Composing Room Cylinders were the first series to be issued serial numbers (stamped directly on the bed), and thus can be accurately dated. This model employs several improvements: automatic cylinder trip; carriage-mounted ink rollers; and an angled feed board with a “sheet hopper” which guides paper to automatic under-cylinder grippers. The No. 17, which can accommodate 17 × 25″ forms, is the most common example. There are about a dozen Composing Room Cylinders in the Vandercook census.