Hazel Oliver / Thursday, 19 January 2017 / Categories: News



Did you know... Typefaces/fonts were originally created by hand and often named after the printer who created them? A great example is French printer Claude Garamonde; his font is still in use today.

Did you know... The world's smallest printing machine measures 2x2x11˝? The PrintStik, which weighs just 1.5 lbs., is produced by American manufacturer Planon.

Did you know... The Incredible Hulk's green skin color was initially due to a mistake in the printing process? In the debut of Stan Lee's comic book series "The Incredible Hulk," Lee gave the Hulk a gray skin color to purposely disassociate the monster with any particular ethnic group. However, there were problems with the gray coloring, which resulted in a different-hued Hulk in each copy. Some of copies were green and, when Lee saw them, he decided that green suited the Hulk better than gray.

Did you know... The world's smallest printed book (according to the "Guinness World Book of Records") is a 22-page Japanese picture book, containing mostly flowers, that measures 0.0291x0.0295˝? A magnifying glass is necessary to see the images.

Did you know... Ben was not the first printer in the Franklin family? When Ben was only a teenager, his older brother was publishing the New England Courant. However, by age 22, Franklin was in business for himself, printing the Pennsylvania Gazette.

Did you know... The initial print run of J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" broke a printing industry record? As a pop-culture phenomenon, all of the books in the "Harry Potter" series had initial print runs in the millions. But, "Deathly Hallows" greatly outnumbered the others, with 12 million copies in its first run, making it the largest initial print run ever recorded.

Did you know... Portable printing presses were used on the battlefields during the Civil War? These small, mobile presses allowed soldiers to set up print shops on the battlefield.


See?  The print industry is RICH with all sorts of goodies like this!!!  What a fantastic industry we are in.