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All About the Printing Press

If you are a lover of history and printing, then you will enjoy learning more about the history of the printing press. This is a device used for applying ink evenly onto paper or cloth. The printing press is often considered one of the most important inventions of Western civilization. In fact, the printing press is what helped Europe elevate its status throughout the world.

Around 1450, Johann Gutenberg invented the printing press. Before then, multiple copies of manuscripts were done by hand. This made it a difficult and laborious task that could take years to complete. The invention of the printing press changed all of that. Now, more manuscripts could be made in just a few weeks as opposed to what might take a lifetime by hand. Not to mention, it enabled the mass circulation and publication of literature.


How was it designed?

Well, the printing press got its inspiration from the presses farmers used to make olive oil. It also used a heavy screw to place the printing block against the paper. Sure, there was no such thing as cheap printer supplies back then, but this started an educational revolution of sorts. In fact, Thomas Carlyle (Sartor Resartus, 1833) had this to say about the printing press, “He who first shortened the labor of copyists by device of movable types was disbanding hired armies, and cashiering most kings and senates, and creating a whole new democratic world: he had invented the art of printing.”
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