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Rubel Offset Lithographic Press
1905

The first offset printing press
Invented in 1903 by Ira Washington Rubel, this is the very first offset printing press. It was operated in Rubel's New York plant for a year before it was sold to the Union Lithographic Company of San Francisco for $5,000. After it had been shipped out to California, the press waited out the San Francisco earthquake and fire on a wharf in nearby Oakland. Finally, it was put to work in 1907. The Rubel offset press marked the beginning of a new generation of lithographic printing presses that, in time, became the dominant printing process.

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· Offset Printing
· Offset Lithography
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