Lithography Museum of Cadiz, San Roque
(Lithography: from the Greek ‘lithos’, stone and ‘graphein’, to write)
This wonderful museum is home to over a thousand printing stones bearing witness to the thriving commercial and industrial economy of the city. These giant machine printed money, labels for cans, wine bottles and chocolate, playing cards, advertisements for bull fighting and boxing, posters, cigar bands, maps, civil and religious certificates and many other documents, much of it exported to European countries and the New World.
Designs were cut in reverse into the stones by hand and printed on massive printing machines imported from France and Germany in the mid-19th century.
It’s not hard to imagine the noisy, oily, inky, sweaty industrious environment of these working printers and marvel at the complexity of their design and manufacture, when you stand next to one of these magnificent machines.
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