the printing press

“Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one.” — A.J. Liebling


This picture was taken from the Dictionnaire encyclopédique Trousset, also known as the Trousset encyclopedia, Paris 1886 – 1891.

Solar-powered printing press, 1882!


Women operate an enormous line of presses at Gleason’s Pictorial Drawing Room Companion offices in Gleason’s Publishing Hall, Boston, Massachusetts, 1852.

Ruth Ellis, 1940

Woman at the printing press, 1855

Girl using printing press, 1910

One comment

  1. catherine realce

    hello Katie,

    I am a member of a group called “Ladies of Letterpress.” I was wondering if you know the source or have more information on the history of two photos found on this particular post?

    Particularly “Girl using printing press, 1910” and “Ruth Ellis, 1940.”

    Are these your scans or could you kindly share the resource you found these images in?

    Do you know who owns the rights to these photos, in case we’d like to use it in print. (We have a Ladies of Letterpress conference coming up in 2011)

    If you don’t know, do you know someone that can help me with more info?

    We are a group of female (and some male) letterpress printers and we are currently printing on these exact machines, so these archival photos are very fascinating to us!

    Any info you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Even in email form, if that’s easier.

    Thank you!

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