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Johannes Gutenberg
Date Issued: 1952-09-30
Postage Value: 3 cents

Commemorative issue
Gutenberg Bible 500th anniversary
Johannes Gutenberg

Johannes Gutenberg's first job was with a goldsmith at Strasbourg, Germany. He began a printing operation in the 1430s, and legend says he and his partners were working on a secret invention of movable type. A partner died, and following an attempt at legal action, Gutenberg returned to his native Mainz. There he demonstrated movable type, an idea he obtained from a type of printing used in making playing cards and prints from woodblocks. With financial support from Johann Fust, Gutenberg produced the "42-line Bible," which had 42 lines per column. The project was completed in 1456.

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