Letterpress is the term for the relief printing of text and image using a press with a "type-high bed" printing press and movable type, in which a raised surface is inked and then pressed into a sheet of paper to obtain a positive right-reading image.
Letterpress was the normal form of printing text in the west from its invention by Johannes Gutenberg (German goldsmith and printer) in the mid-15th century until the 19th century and remained in wide use for books and other uses until the second half of the 20th century.
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