Friday, February 10, 2012

What Gutenberg Invented

I'm bailing on you guys for the next couple of days so I can deal with work stuff and get ready for my next road trip. I will be back once my bags are packed and my desk doesn't look like the Mount Everest of Unfinished Assignments.

If you're fortunate enough to live in or near Houston, Texas you can see what Gutenberg did for mankind at the Museum of Printing History on Clay Street. If not, here's a short film by Danny Cookie featuring Paul Collier, a modern-day Gutenberg at work in the UK:

Upside Down, Left To Right: A Letterpress Film from Danny Cooke on Vimeo.

See you next week.


  1. GayLee11:17 AM

    Doncha just love Vimeo? It seems to be the repository of interesting art and thoughtfully done video. I can lose a whole evening there. Thanks for sharing this vid.

  2. I actually own a block of assembled lead type, from a vintage printing press used aboard a cruise ship about to be decommissioned. Because the ship was about to be decommissioned and the printing press would probably be scrapped (it was the late 1970s. Nobody saw the historical value), they just let me take that block of type.

    The printing press was used to print up menus and information leaflets. The block I have is from a menu. It says "Potato dumplings with red cabbage and breadcrumb fritters"


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