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Printing Press

Wooden Printing Press, c. 1750


This 1750 wooden printing press is quite similar to the earliest ones invented in Europe in the mid-15th century, which revolutionized communication through the rapid increase and accessibility of information. Print began with individual metal letters placed by hand in special grids. The letters were inked and then paper was pressed on one sheet at a time. Technological innovations steadily decreased the amount of effort and increased the speed at which words could be printed onto paper. These innovations also had the effect of decreasing the price of printed materials, making them available to more readers.


Center for Textual Studies []; National Technical Museum []

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