(Cross posted to several letterpress and book arts related lists...)
Check out this YouTube clip of a traditional Taiwan letterpress shop that started in 1969. It is thought to be one of the last.
With 3000 to 6000 different characters, finding the right character is a
challenge. Looking for a
Chinese character is like looking up a word in a dictionary...and for the untrained, takes more than awhile.
It makes handsetting type from a 26 letter alphabet seem like child's play and the use of photopolymer plates a dream.
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