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Crandall Historical Printing Museum

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We visited the Crandall Printing Museum in downtown Provo. This museum has operational equipment from Gutenberg’s time up to the mid 20th century. It is on a par with some of the best institutions of its type. (No pun intended.) Here, the printing processes are demonstrated whereas other printing museums contain only static exhibits.

Our docent was very knowledgeable and engaging. He took us through the history of Gutenberg’s invention of moveable type. Individual characters were filed from steel stock and then heat treated. This made a punch that was hard enough to create an impression in a block of copper. The copper was then inserted in a mold into the back of which was poured hot printing metal; an alloy of lead, tin and antimony...

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