Early letterpres, c 1700.

Early letterpres, c 1700.
3 6 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 28cm


This early letterpres uses a simple screw to print letters. The screw moves a plate that preses a sheet of paper onto inked metal letters. The small force used to turn the screw exerts a much larger force on the paper.

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