A Chinese Printing Press

While walking down the street to a dim sum lunch, we passed by this printing shop. It was just a hole in the side of the building where this man operates his business. I watched him printing receipts for a parking lot, and couldn't believe that letterpress printing is still used for such everyday objects. It's not the letterpress we think of here, making expensive wedding invitations or stationery, and I couldn't imagine how he competes with digital printing to print the receipts.

He didn't speak English so I couldn't ask any questions about his business, but I told him I was a printmaker too and we exchanged business cards.

I loved his studio, all his materials were packed into the tiny space that was just a few feet wide next to the sidewalk, and the way anyone walking by can stop and watch him work. I hope the demand for hand printed receipts doesn't go away!


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