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The Sebir That Bred The Printing Press

Background

In 1450, a German blacksmith, goldsmith, printer and publisher, Johannes Gutenberg was searching for a way to automate printing. He observed that different types of presses, particularly coin stampers and wine presses, not only allowed direct pressure to be applied to a surface, but they also imparted a shape to it

Goal

Improve the efficiency of recording words and information

Problem

Recording words and information generally required them to be laboriously handwritten

Sebir

The efficiency of recording text through printing was revolutionized by adapting the operation of a press so that it imparted an ink-containing pattern of letters onto a paper surface The receiving surface retained the text of letters that were impressed into it in precisely defined shapes simultaneously

Association Comment

Johannes Gutenberg associated more broadly from the capability of a cloth press to impart a non-specific shape onto a flat surface and, in so doing, was able to breed a printing press that had the capability to impart text characters onto paper

Historic Impact

The perseverance of Johannes Gutenberg led to the invention of the printing press