17 February 2000, Germany
600th birthday of Johannes Gutenberg
The hand carved woodblock print was born in China, and in the 15th century in Europe, metal letter press was invented and that made the printing culture wide spread.
This stamp is celebrating the inventor’s birthday of 600 years ago – well, he is responsible for many areas of later development, such as publication, education and yes of course, typography.
The letters from 600 years ago were quite a bit different in written manner, by the way.