Early Olfas

The US Park Service maintains a printing office and bindery at 320 Market Street in Philadelphia.  Using replica presses, Park Service employees demonstrate 18th century printing presses and discuss printing in the era of Benjamin Franklin.  It’s a fascinating look at the process, but something that especially caught my eye were these devices:

ps-olf-300Look familiar?  Exactly:  Early Olfas.  These rotary cutters were used to cut paper, though.  It was another 300 years or so before  smaller versions made it into our sewing rooms.

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