1880 National Family Bible Illustrated
1815 Hand Type Caster
1589 Breacher's Bible
A page from an unknown liturgical text 16th century
1549 Page of Tyndale Bible
1380 Page of a Book of Hours
A fragment from an unknown illuminated text, penned.
1611 Page of a King James Bible
1666 History of the World
1759 20 Shilling Note Printed by Benjamin Franklin
1834 Cooperstown Bible
1612 Page of a King James New Testament
Invented in 1436 by Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg, the world was changed because of it. Most historians agree this is the greatest invention of the western world!
The common press is as its name suggests, common across Europe. It was created in about 1750. Notable printers who used this press are Benjamin Franklin and John Dunlap.
Announced for purchase in 1822 by Peter Smith, the acorn press was bought by Egbert B. Grandin in 1823, and traveled with him to Palmyra, New York, where it became the first press to print the Book of Mormon.
addition to our
artifacts above, the Crandall
Printing Museum houses working replicas of many famous presses.
Patented in 1834 by Adam Ramage, this press was one of the first iron presses to be made from wrought iron instead of cast iron. It was relatively light, which allowed the pioneers to bring it across the plains to Utah.
In 1857, George Gordon created a new style of press, based on another's press design and designs that he claims that Benjamin Franklin gave him in his dreams. The jobber style remained unchanged for 12 decades.
We also have a 1913 Linotype Model 5 . This machine was not used to print, but rather improved the way typesetting would occur: casting lines of type instead of individual letters.