The press history is marked by fast or slow periods of printing equipment evolution. In spite of
several patrimonial damages, some countries still have pieces that sign the most important moments
of this technological evolution.
The Gutenberg printing press (15th century), where for the first time were used mobiles printing
types, is the beginning of a long printing technology history. However, only four centuries later (19th
final century), with the construction of Stanhope printing press, totally maid of iron, typography had
an enormous take off. Senefelder as already create a new printing technique the Lithography.
1811, Frederick Koenig constructs the first rotary printing press and introduces definitively the
mechanism in press reproduction. All the other developments in printing speed are caused by this
invent. Meanwhile, the new typesetter machines like Linotype, Typograph or Monotype threaten
manual typesetting secular work. The offset system, invented in earlier 20th century, starts to be
adopted only after Second World War, and replaces definitely the typographic traditional way of
printing. In the meantime, computerized and telecommunications systems are quickly adopted by
press, namely newspapers
Virtual Museum of Press allows you to know some of this technology printing developments
divided in four several parts: