Posts Tagged ‘1844’

June 28

The bibliophile William Blades tells of a letter written by the Rev. C.F. Newmarsh, Rector of Pelham, to the Rev. S.R. Maitland, Librarian to the Archbishop of Canterbury, concerning a copy of the Boke of St. Albans printed by Wynkyn de Worde in 1496. This early English imprint, probably the most celebrated of all English [...]

May 13

In the Mohawk Valley village of Little Falls in upstate New York was born this day in 1844 a boy named Linn Boyd Benton. He was destined to live for eighty-eight years and to add considerably to the technological advancement of the printing industry. Benton’s father was a lawyer who became interested in a career [...]

April 9

Shortly after Charles Dickens called New York City the most prosperous and worst-managed city in America, and another contemporary critic had complained, “She’s had, as far back as I can remember, the reputation of being the dirtiest city in the Union!” A reform mayor was elected, on April 9, 1844, in the person of publisher [...]

February 3

Born on this day in Troy, Ohio, in 1844 was the American inventive genius, Tolbert Lanston, the producer of the successful typesetting machine, the Monotype. Leaving school at fifteen years of age, Lanston worked in Ohio and Iowa before volunteering for service with the Union Army during the Civil War. After this term he was [...]