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Hi! I'm baby Johannes Gutenberg.
Though I didn't invent the printing press, my experimentation led to the development of type mold.
Because of Gutenberg's invention, books became cheaper allowing more people access.
As a monk, I used to handwrite books, but not anymore.
Johannes Gutenberg was born in Mainz, Germany in 1395 to a wealthy, aristocratic family. He and his family spent years away from home in exile due to his parents involvement in politics. It was during this time that he learned about Chinese movable type.
I developed the idea of type mold- individual letters of the alphabet and symbols. My type cast could be arranged and locked into place. After printing, the types could be cleaned, separated and used again to set up other pages.
Before Gutenberg, The Roman Catholic Church controlled printing books and spreading knowledge. The Gutenberg's printing press changed that. As his invention spread, more people had access to books and information. The legacy of Gutenberg’s invention helped shape modern life.
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