Writing and Printing

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In History
  • 3,500 BCE


    Sumerians invented pictographic, in Mesopotamia. They used pictures to represent words. They wrote on papyrus.
  • 3,000 BCE


    Hieroglyphics were used by Ancient Egyptians. Each symbol represented words, syllables or sounds. They wrote on papyrus.
  • 1,300 BCE

    The first true alphabet

    The first true alphabet
    Envolved in Syria. Each symbol represented a sound. This is the basis of our present-day alphabet.
  • 150


    Paper was invented by Chinese. They used brushes made of hair to write in ink.
  • 868

    The first printed book

    The first printed book
    It was a long roll paper made by using wooden blocks covered with ink. It was made in China.
  • 1450

    Printing press

    Printing press
    The first printing press was invented by Johannes Gutenberg. It could print about 16 pages every hour.
  • Newspapers

    They were first printed in Europe. A newspaper is a periodical publication about current events.
    Typed in black ink with a white or gray background.
    They are about politics, sports, arts...
  • Fountain pens

    Fountain pens
    A fountain pen is a nib (stylus) pen that, unlike its predecessor, the dip pen, contains an internal reservoir of liquid ink. Allowed it to be held upside-down without leaking.
  • The modern Biro

    The modern Biro
    It was invented by László József Bíró, in 1940. The material (metal) was steel. It is now the world's most-used writing instrument; millions are manufactured and sold daily.
  • The fibre tip pen

    The fibre tip pen
    It was invented in the 1960s by Lee Newman. It was a pen which had its own ink source. There were lots of types of this pen: permanent marker, highlighters, whiteboard markers, security marker, election marker and porous point pen.