National Museum of American History
14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
3rd Floor, West Wing Floor Plan
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.