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Falmouth Gazette, 1785

Falmouth Gazette, 1785

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Maine Historical Society

In 1785, Benjamin Titcomb established the first printing press in Maine and began publishing the Falmouth Gazette.

Unlike today, newspapers then wee published sporadically because paper was expensive, typesetting slow, and printing laborious.

Columns were typeset by hand, one letter at a time over the course of days.

When enough news and advertisements were assembled to fill both sides of a sheet, the paper was printed.

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