The Way Back History of Printing Part 1

The Way Back History of Printing Part 1

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15Jul, 2016
Vintage photos and the history of print.

The Way Back History of Printing Part 1

Printing has developed so much in our own lifetime that it’s almost difficult to imagine that people ever did it any other way. Believe us, they used to do it a lot of different ways- so many, in fact that we’re only going over what we’re calling “The Way Back History of Printing (pt.I).”

Printing Press ~1440
Johannes Gutenberg invented the first printing press around 1440. Before this invention, only the most elite had access to literature, driving a further divide between the haves, and the have-nots. The printing press not only had a tremendous effect on European civilization, but also how quickly and accurately information was spread. As more people gained access to printed works, the literacy rate blossomed.

Lithography – 1798
In 1798, lithography was invented. This process was changed shortly after invention, in the 1800’s, when artists were able to achieve every color in the rainbow by using red, yellow and blue. This printing technique was most used for posters in the late 1800’s.

Rotary Printing Press – 1863
It wasn’t until Richard March Hoe invented rotary drum printing in 1863 that it could be done on long continuous rolls of paper, cardboard, plastic and various other mediums.

Color Printing ~19th century
Color printing progressed into development by the 19th century, but it was not the cheapest option. To save money, printers often initially used black print and then printed a few colors over it

There you have it: our picks for biggest advancements in printing, way back, in history. Check back on our blog for when we stay groovy through the 70’s and blast into the new millennium with new 3-D experiences.

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