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After the Gutenberg press introduced movable type to the process in the 15th century, letterpress was the predominant printing method for 500 years. In this method, a surface with raised letters is inked and pressed to the surface of the printing substrate to reproduce an image in reverse. The creation of huge rotary presses made industrial printing and newspaper production practical.

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