Ex-Machina : a data base of printing presses

The website of the Musée de l’imprimerie et de la communication graphique (Lyon, France) offers an extremely rich data base of historic printing presses from earliest times to the mid 20th century.

Ex-Machina currently contains over 1200 types of press and can be searched by various crtieria such as printing process, manufacturer, country – either individually or combined. It can also be searched in full text to discover the full extent of this vast industrial heritage which is at the heart of print culture.

Ex-Machina is regularly updated and welcomes contributions of images which will help identify existing entries or presses likely to be added to the data base in the future.

Consult the Ex-Machina data base.