We know that you’re eager to jump right in and create your own work of art, something new for the world to enjoy. But before we lay down the ink to your destiny, it’s important to understand where the printing press first began. Why, you ask? By using our quality service, you’re joining the history of the printing press and entering into a passionate community that has existed for centuries. Looking back, it was a fun journey that’s brought us to where we are today.
Let’s jump right in to the exciting history of the printing press.
1440 – A printing revolution! Gutenberg created a wooden machine that, using movable metal type, could print multiple copies of a text on paper. Before this, block printing was the only option available to a printer. They would have to make each copy by hand, carving new blocks for each individual work. Without Gutenberg, printing a book quickly and multiple times wouldn’t be possible as it is today.
The first book that he produced with his wonderful machine was a sure sell, The Bible. The supply could finally meet the overwhelming demand, getting the holy book into every Christian home. The next time you stay at a hotel, check the night table’s draw and thank Gutenberg. He needs all the thanks we can give him – as late as the 1450s, Gutenberg was still borrowing money to make his dream come true, proving that revolution doesn’t come cheap. There are also consequences to the invention that are far reaching.
1499 – Print-houses (like us!) had been established in more than twenty five hundred cities in Europe. At this point in history, somewhere in the range of eight to twenty four million books had been made and distributed out to the world. The explosion of books into Europe made them much more obtainable for the average worker. This, in turn, created an equal eruption of awareness, as debates and news began to circulate among the masses. Logically, more books equals more readers. Literacy started to become a common skill, closing the gap between the elites of society and the lower classes.
The Industrial Revolution
1800 – Hundreds of years after the initial invention of the printing press, and the only major change to the machine was to make the entire apparatus cast iron. Well, we shouldn’t downplay this accomplishment, as it doubled the size of the printing area. At 480 pages per hour, a remarkable amount of books were being produced and distributed.
A decade later and Friedrich Koenig patented the first ever steam powered printing press. This automated most of the process, further increasing the amount produced, and eventually leading to the existence of the Newspaper industry! The trend of increased production didn’t stop here, continuing to improve throughout the years.
So Here We Are
With all this history behind us, looking ahead has never been so exhilarating. Every book that we print keeps us relevant in the history of our business, an artform that truly began with Gutenberg’s Printing Press.