The Common Press

The Common Press is the letterpress printing studio at the University of Pennsylvania. It is supported by a collaboration of interests at Penn, including writing (15th Room Press, Kelly Writers House), print culture (the Rare Book & Manuscript Library), and visual arts and design (the School of Design). The Common Press was founded on January 17, 2006, the 300th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin's birth. The Common Press provides a mixed media environment to support the teaching of design and fine arts to students, to encourage collaboration on projects across the university, and to expose students to contemporary print culture

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

First Arabic Printing Press

Back in the day, 1734, Mr. Al-Shamas Abdullah Zakher founded the first Arabic printing press. Located in Lebanon this little press ran happily until 1899. It was the fist Arabic script printing press in Lebanon. To learn more about this little guy and see some awesome pictures click here.

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