is relief printing
of text and image using a press with a "type-high bed" printing press
and movable type
, in which a reversed, raised surface is inked
and then pressed into a sheet of paper to obtain a positive right-reading image. It was the normal form of printing text from its invention by Johannes Gutenberg
in the mid-15th century until the 19th century and remained in wide use for books and other uses
until the second half of the 20th century." - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Letterpress_printing
a taste of how things were crafted for tomorrow night's show...
such a beautiful, ancient process. ..