Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Printing Office and Bookbindery

Located in the center of the restored area of Williamsburg, tradesmen work two reproduction English style “Common” presses (circa 1730), and one original “Common” press (circa 1750). Not in public view are a Vandercook SP 20 and SP 15, and a C & P 10 by 14.

All type is set by hand and only 100% rag paper is used. The location of the printing office continues in a site thought to have been in use in 1747. Books, newspapers, forms, broadsides and other items originally printed in the town are completed, paying strict attention to eighteenth century techniques. The site also includes a bindery. The apprenticeship for both trades takes six years to complete.

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