Last week, staff from Learning Resources were lucky enough to be given a tour of the GSA Case Room by technician and custodian Edwin Pickstone. The Case Room is a collection of historical printing presses, movable types, and printing blocks amassed by the School of Design over a number of years. It is currently located at the School’s Skypark base, but will relocate to our new Reid Building on the central campus once building works are complete.
Edwin provided us with a fascinating whirlwind tour of the history of printing from Gutenberg’s invention of movable type around 1450. He was able to demonstrate the complicated work of the typesetter, and the various tools of that trade, before demonstrating the School’s hugely impressive American cast-iron press, resplendent with imperial eagle. We were surprised to hear the number of sayings and expressions that stem from printing, surely indicative of the importance the trade once had.
Thank you to Edwin for accommodating us for this fascinating tour.