Trivia Worth Knowing!!

Mexico had a working printing press in 1534 before Ireland, Russia, or America

According to Nielson, the average return for every dollar spent on printed advertising is $3.94, the highest of all marketing media.

The barcodes of all newspapers and magazines in the world begin with the digits 977.

Did you know that the first paper mill in America was established by William Rittenhouse near Germantown, PA in 1690?  Or that paper doesn’t just come from trees – it can be made from any fibrous material.

Such as linen, cotton, straw, cornstalks, hemp, bamboo, and the list goes on.  Just for a giggle, check out, it’s for real.

Paper based on wood, is a natural and renewable material.  Paper is one of the most recycled products in the world and epitomizes the circular economy model of make, use, recycle and reuse.

Black printer ink (toner) is one of the most expensive liquids, exceeding oil and space shuttle fuel on a per gallon basis. It averages over $2,700 per gallon.

The Wright Brothers were printers by trade. Orville started a printing company in Dayton, Ohio, in 1889.

The first mechanically printed book is generally accepted to be the Gutenberg Bible, printed in Mainz, Germany in 1455 by Johann Henne zum Gensfleisch zur Laden.  It marked the start of the “Gutenberg Revolution” and the age of printed books in the West.

Fonts were originally created by hand and often named after the printer who created them.  French printer Claude Garamond’s font is still in use today along with Giambattista Bodoni, 1798.

In process color printing, K is the abbreviation for black ink.  The K stands for Key printer, the printing plate that carries the text copy or Keyline information.

Letters that are not capitalized are called “lower case” because in early printing days those letters were kept in the lower drawer of the case.

The Incredible Hulk’s green skin color was a result of a printing error that Stan Lee liked.  He was originally grey.


We hope you enjoyed this fun & interesting blog on printing facts.   

Alexander Clark Printing is helping change business printing one ink spot at a time. 

Printed documents run business.  Words on a page communicate with your staff and customers. 

Alexander Clark can supply you with your promotional products, from pens to stress balls, from mugs to wrist bands.

When done right, direct mail marketing can work with your other channels, like digital marketing, to make your business stand out. 

 Printing on the envelope is your opportunity to add color, personality, and in some cases, life to your envelope. Which one you choose can depend on the kind of mailing you are doing, the size of your mailing and your budget.

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