Thursday, August 4, 2011

When printing took some effort

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We have come a long way since this Alexandra iron handpress was made in London in 1730.

It has a place of honor in the front window of our National Library at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
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8 comments:

ρομπερτ said...

how impressive a sight. makes one able to touch time, and wonder how many stories it had 'in its hands'.

please have a good thursday.

Leif Hagen said...

The printing press is ever older that Eric's Paris Daily Photo blog!

Kay said...

It amazes me how much progress has been made in printing in even the last 20 years. Remember mimeographs?

PerthDailyPhoto said...

That's fantastic Dina, it's funny to think in it's day that would have been quite the most impressive piece of equipment!

VP said...

A real wonder and a very interesting machine.

Suzanne said...

Does it have Hebrew typeface? Love the contemporary setting of the Hebrew University with the antique press.

Sara at Come Away With Me said...

Yes, you needed strong muscles on those days to press one page after another, and delicate fingers to set the type, or so I imagine. Wouldn't those people be stunned at how easily the word is printed now...and (in some cases) how little valued by their standards.

JM said...

What a wonderful piece!