Did You Know...Fascinating Printing Facts
Did you know... Politicians first started using printed propaganda to get citizens' interest and support during the Renaissance? Beforehand, political figures relied on word-of-mouth to disseminate info about them/their campaign. But with the emergence of printing presses, current political discussion and the development of new ideas were easily shared.
Did you know... Mexico had a working printing press more than 100 years before America? Mexico began printing operations in 1534, while the first printing press in America wasn't operational until 1639, when the Glover family arrived from England and opened a print shop in Cambridge, MA.
Did you know... Typefaces/fonts were originally created by hand and often named after the printer who created them? A great example is French printer Claude Garamonde; his font is still in use today.
Did you know... It took almost two years to print Shakespeare's compilation of 36 plays into one book, titled "The First Folio?" At almost 400 pages, the process was so time-consuming, proofreading and corrections were done during production.
Did you know... Historians cite an (estimated) 12 million-plus propaganda pamphlets for helping turn the tide of WWII against the Germans? The leaflets were printed and dropped over Germany with the intention of lifting the morale of American and Allied soldiers, while deflating that of the Nazis.
Did you know... The initial print run of J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" broke a printing industry record? As a pop-culture phenomenon, all of the books in the "Harry Potter" series had initial print runs in the millions. But, "Deathly Hallows" greatly outnumbered the others, with 12 million copies in its first run, making it the largest initial print run ever recorded.
Did you know... The world's smallest printing machine measures 2x2x11˝? The PrintStik, which weighs just 1.5 lbs., is produced by American manufacturer Planon.