CBC | McGill restores 200-year-old printing press, likely oldest of its kind in North America


Published: 10Feb2020

In this century, it doesn't take long to type out a page of text and print it out on a sheet of paper. But two hundred years ago, printing required a lot more effort. There are plenty of printers in the McGill University McLennan Library, but none is quite like the Columbian printing press, designed and manufactured by Georges Clymer in 1821 — the same year McGill University was founded. It was found in 1957 in the basement of a bombed out building in England by former McGill University librarian Richard Pennington.

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