Ten Unusual Printing Facts

PrintThe Argos blog published this interesting little list of 10 unusual printing facts. The summary is below, but you can read the full article here.

1. Smallest printed book: .74 mm x .75 mm

2. Fastest printed postage stamp: it took 1 hour to print a stamp in Schaan, Liechtenstein.

3. Highest initial print run for a fiction book: 12 million for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

4. Largest Printed Catalog: the Aviall Product and Catalog Book–2,656 pages weighing 7.4 lbs.

5. Oldest Print Publishing House: Cambridge University Press, circa 1537.

6. Oldest Mechanically Printed Book: general consensus is the Gutenberg Bible, but some argue the Chinese beat it by six or seven centuries.

7. Fastest time to print 500 sheets by a color desktop printer: 7 minutes, 18 seconds by an HP Officejet Pro X Series.

8. First to print edible sushi: Chef Homaro Cantu of Moto in Chicago started printing sushi entrees in 2005 using a Canon i560 inkjet printer with edible ink.

9. How many times could a years worth of discarded printer cartridges circle the earth: Over 3 times.

10. How expensive is black printer ink: It is one of the most expensive liquids on earth, costing over $2,700 per gallon.


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