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Google-Doodle has been around since the invention of the modern letterpress

Google-Doodle has been around since the invention of the modern letterpress

Google honors Johannes Gutenberg, the creator of modern book printing, with his own doodle. We introduce you to the inventor here.

In today’s Google Doodle, Johannes Gutenberg, considered the inventor of modern book printing, thus revolutionized the conventional book production system.

In addition to Johannes Gutenberg, who can be found in contemporary imagery, Doodle shows the printing press he invented and the associated modern letterpress printing process with a moving metal type.

Today, Gutenberg’s nominee seems to have been chosen very arbitrarily. Doodle’s description reads: “Today’s doodle is celebrated by Gutenberg during the 2000th anniversary, and the Gutenberg Museum has launched a retrospective exhibition in his memory.”

Here in our portrait we introduce you to Johannes Gutenberg.

Portrait of inventor Johannes Gutenberg

Johannes Kensfleich, also known as Gutenberg, was born in 1400 in the court of his parents, Jam Guttenberg of Mainz, the third child of the merchant Friedrich Kensfleich and his second wife, Els Wirich. His specific date of birth was not fulfilled, which is why the Gutenberg Society determined the year of birth to be 1400 at the end of the 19th century in order to celebrate the inventor’s 500th birthday in 1900. The family name “Jam Gutenberg” was added to the family name by parents only in the 1420s.

Very little is known about Gutenberg’s childhood. Based on his knowledge of Latin and, above all, his entrepreneurial skills, Gutenberg is considered to have enjoyed an extensive education. In his youth he is said to have attended and studied at a Latin school in Maine and later at the University of Erbert.

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After completing his studies, Gutenberg lived in Strasbourg from 1434 to 1444. There he learned the crafts of coins and goldsmiths. Later, Gutenberg set up a company to implement a new type of technological process that used a specialized printing press and later marked the beginning of the letterpress printing process.

Gutenberg revolutionized letterpress printing with his invention

After further development of this process, Gutenberg was able to print the first papers and later entire books in 1450. The new system was like a revolution.

Previously copies had to be made by hand by labor, now they can be made in almost unlimited numbers and relatively quickly. The first products Gutenberg produced at the time included dictionaries and grammar books, letters of joy, and of course the Bible, also known as the Gutenberg Bible.

Stone bust of modern letterpress printing inventor on the campus of Johannes Gutenberg University.

Photo: Friedrich von Erichchen (dpa)

In 1465, the Sovereign Archbishop of Mainz appointed Johannes Gutenberg to the court lords for his services to the restoration of the Bible. This topic is associated with special donations. Each year he received clothes, grains and wine, and was exempt from various services and taxes. Gutenberg died in 1468 in his hometown of Mainz. (THE)

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