Printing plates

Printing plates

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Caption: Printing plates. These were used in letterpress printing, where a worker would manually compose the page to be printed using metal or wooden blocks, cover it in ink, then press it onto paper. This technique was invented in the mid-15th century and was used in various forms up until the 19th century, when letterpress printing was supplanted by faster, more advanced technology.

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Keywords: block, bodkin, composing stick, equipment, historical, history, letterpress, plates, printing, technique, technological, technology, type, type galley

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