The process for creating printed material has come a long, long way from where it began. Even the most simple of machines back then took enormous amounts of know-how and expertise to operate. Down at the Common Press, located in the basement of the University of Pennsylvania’s Fine Arts Building, these archaic, outdated printing machines are still used to print and create today. These veteran printing contraptions are used to educate the interested in the masterful methods from printmaking’s adolescence while also serving as a collaboration center for artists engaged in book-making, poster printing, and experimentation with type. It’s always a good idea to take a look back and see just how far we’ve come in an age where technological advancement is almost taken for granted. A fantastic little article featuring a collection of short videos found here exhibit five of the Common Press’ beastly machines that were in use long before the print button.

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Category: Printing