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Printer's Type from the Jotham Meeker Farmstead, 14FR308 - Page

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These three pieces of movable type were recovered from the Jotham Meeker farmstead in Franklin County. They were used in a printing press to print books, pamphlets, or newspapers. The site was excavated in 1985 at a Kansas Archeology Training Program. Jotham Meeker served as a Baptist missionary among the Ottawa on their reservation. Meeker established the first printing operation in what is today Kansas. Printing operations were carried out between 1849 and 1855 only. Shown here are a 10-point "d," an 18-point "C" and an ampersand (&). The scale of the type is so small that it is not easily visible with the naked eye.

Date: 1849-1855

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Item Number: 444346
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 444346

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