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Printing and Graphic Arts

January 1, 1964 – December 1, 2003

American History Museum
14th and Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC

Location: 3rd Floor, West Wing

This hall traces the history of prints and printing techniques. Settings feature a printing office of Benjamin Franklin's time, with 2 wooden presses; a 19th-century foundry in which type was still cast by hand, as it had been since Gutenberg's day; a job shop of 1865, equipped with hand and treadle presses; and an 1880s newspaper office with a steam-driven Hoe cylinder press. There are also exhibits on printmaking, from the first etchings and woodcuts to modern photomechanical methods.