Solar Printing Press.

Photo: Printing press driven by the heat rays of the sun. On  6 August 1882, Monsieur Abel Pifre, a French Engineer, demonstrated the solar engine invented by him at a meeting of the Union Francaise de la Jeunesse held at the Jardin des Tuileries in Paris. It consisted of a concave mirror 3.5 metres in […]

‘The People’s Weekly’ Moonta.

Photo: State Library of South Australia. The People’s weekly served the largest of the Yorke Peninsula towns, Moonta, for almost 80 years. Although, like the other Yorke Peninsula newspapers, it included some coverage for the surrounding towns, the Weekly concentrated mostly on the activities and interests of the people of Moonta. In 1891 the newspaper […]

Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’ published 1897

Bram Stoker – Credit: Charvex (via Wikimedia) Born 1847.-Died 1912 Bram Stoker was an Irish author best known for his classic vampire novel, Dracula. He was born in Dublin in 1847 as the third of seven children. His father was a civil servant, the same career Bram took up after graduating from Trinity College with […]

Vintage Pulp Science Fiction.

What is it about science and the future and how the science fiction of the past (pre-1950s) almost never could encapsulate the superior scientific innovation and discovery of its near future? And, like most science fiction at that time they considered that  our threats would come from outer space. I guess that’s why I like […]

Letterpress Business Cards.

A collection of great business cards printed by the Letterpress Process. Especially suitable for sharp, clear type and images (foiled or embossed). The embossing process always brings out the best in these cards of business. via Letterpress Inspiration: Business Cards » Design You Trust.

Medieval Manticores & Blemmyes.

Manlike monsters in medieval manuscripts take on many different forms. The main types are man-beast hybrids, those with too few human features and those with too many. A good example of the first type is the manticore. It was a creature of Persian legend which found its way into medieval bestiaries via Pliny’s Naturalis Historia […]

Gutenberg, Father of Printing.

Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg (1395-1468) was a German blacksmith, goldsmith, printer, and publisher who introduced printing to Europe. His invention of printing using moveable type started the Printing Revolution and is widely regarded as the most important event of the modern period. It played a key role in the development of the Renaissance, […]

The Lagonda Platen, 1947.

Lagonda Platen 1947 The Lagonda has attrac­ted a lot of atten­tion — it’s one of those machines that few people have seen and had attained an almost myth­ical status. The machine was installed in the 1950s, while Gary Arber was in the Royal Air Force, but it was never very pop­u­lar. The feed mech­an­ism is […]

The forgotten ‘Typographer’ 1829.

Among William Austin Burt’s numerous inventions were the typographer in 1829, which was a predecessor to the modern-day typewriter. The “typographer” was the first constructed and operating typewriter anywhere according to Burt. Burt searched far and wide for an appropriate name for his invention, but reluctantly settled with “typographer” which ultimately became “typewriter.” It consisted […]

Chandler and Price Paper Guillotine.

Chandler & Price was founded in 1881 in Cleveland, Ohio, by Harrison T. Chandler and William H. Price. They manufactured machinery for printers including a series of hand-fed platen jobbing presses, as well as an automatic feeder for these presses (the Rice Feeder). They also made paper cutters (Guillotines) as well as book presses, and […]