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Probably one of the greatest inventions of all time is printing as it allowed for the dissemination of information, knowledge and literature.

The printing press was invented in the Holy Roman Empire by the German Johannes Gutenberg around 1440, based on existing screw presses. Gutenberg, a goldsmith by profession, developed a complete printing system, which perfected the printing process through all of its stages by adapting existing technologies to the printing purposes, as well as making groundbreaking inventions of his own. His newly devised hand mould made for the first time possible the precise and rapid creation of metal movable type in large quantities, a key element in the profitability of the whole printing enterprise.

Fun Printing Trivia

Did you know that?

  • Benjamin Franklin, John Dunlap and the Wright Brothers were all printers by trade?

  • Paul Revere (a silversmith by trade) engraved the plates for the first colonial currency?

  • The printing industry may have given birth to the phrase, “Mind your p’s and q’s”, an admonishment from the printer to his apprentice to watch carefully when setting the letters in an old-style printing press? (This has been debated, since there are many possible origins for the phrase and no one is actually sure which is correct.)

  • The dot over the letter “i” is called a tittle?

  • We have about $500 billion in U.S. currency currently in circulation, most of it outside of the U.S.?

  • In 1999, a 1943 copper penny was sold at auction for $112,500?

  • When a master printer was printing a page and discovered a particular sort was empty, he’d be…upset? Very upset. Hence the phrase, “Out of Sorts.”

  • The first book to be printed using a moveable type printing press was the Gutenberg Bible?

  • 3D printing was used to test lighting for every scene in the movie “Avatar?”

  • People have been printing since 1447? (Which means there is, in fact, a very distinct possibility that some of the pieces you see in the museum ARE older than dirt.)

  • Pringles once combined inkjet printing with food coloring to print trivia questions and answers on their chips?

Trivia source: Ezine Articles