In part 2 of our pictorial look back at historical printing works, machinery, tools and the printers themselves, we now bring you the second batch of ten vintage illustrations. This time there is even a dog which appears twice – see if you can spot it. Of course if you missed the first ten, click here — they’re well worth a look and are a fascinating look into how the industry used to be.
Fig 11* (above): Believed to be a rotary lithographic printing machine, tended by workmen, some wearing paper hats (date unknown).
Fig 12 (above): Printers at work, circa 1770.
Scan courtesy of Daniel Chodowiecki.
Fig 13 (above): Engraving of a printing press by Heinrich Zeising and Hieronymus Megiser (1627). Photo courtesy of Wolfgang Sauber. Licensed via GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0.
Fig 14 (above): Printer, screw press & letterpress components – and, we think, a dog! (1613). Image by Hieronymus Megiser, scan courtesy of FotothekBot.
Fig 15 (above): Fresco of the first printing press opened in the Bavarian countryside, printing the first German book (1461). Image by Ferdinand Rothbarth. Scan courtesy of Mattes.