The Gutenberg Tweet

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Today’s Historical Tweet is our last for a few weeks.

How ironic (or is it?) that it’s from our favorite Gutenberg, Johannes (screw you, Steve), inventor of the first printing press… we’re taking a few weeks off to hit the books and discover more Historical Tweets.  We’ll keep you abreast of our mighty travels to libraries around the world a la Indiana Jones, but until then, enjoy this gem:

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@johannesG: Finally finished invention. Disappointed to learn that no one can read. (Johnnes Gutenberg, inventor of the Gutenberg Press)


Posted by: Twitter Historian on March 2nd 2009

Posted in: Comically Old

13 Responses to “The Gutenberg Tweet”

  1. El humor 2.0 como recurso, también en orientación profesional (485) | Yoriento responded on 26 Mar 2009 at 10:11 am #

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  2. Joe responded on 08 Apr 2009 at 6:27 am #

    Seems like Johannes could have used a little market research.

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  4. Reuben Robert responded on 06 Jul 2009 at 8:30 am #

    man, his investors must’ve been pissed!

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  6. Helen Kidd responded on 15 Sep 2009 at 1:26 pm #

    Boy, how wrong you are. Why, do you think, he invented the press? By 1400, the Bible is in 28 different languages (all hand-written) and translators killed for doing so. In 1455 Gutenberg invents the printing press and the first thing printed is the Bible. In 1522 Martin Luther comes along and not only nails 95 theses to the front door of the Roman Catholic Church proclaiming salvation by faith alone, he gave the printing industry a profit margin. Printers wanted to feed their families and so they were willing to print whatever Luther was willing to give them in their native tongue of German while the Catholic church wanted to keep everything in Latin. Go back to your history books.

  7. Twitter Historian responded on 15 Sep 2009 at 1:29 pm #


    You’re right. When it comes to accuracy in describing 15th-century people using a 21st-century technology, we should be ashamed of ourselves.

  8. Karl Adultt responded on 15 Sep 2009 at 1:47 pm #

    @Helen Kidd: You are, in fact, the one in error. Historical record makes it clear that the press was invented prior to 1455. Indeed, it was operational by 1450. Perhaps you are confusing the date of the invention of the press with the date of the first book to be published using the press (the Bible in 1455). It’s an easy mistake to make, so please don’t beat yourself up about it. Just promise you’ll go back to your history books — none of the fine readers of this site ought to be led down the disastrous pathway of historical inaccuracy.

  9. Helen Kidd responded on 15 Sep 2009 at 2:46 pm #

    @Karl Adultt You are absolutely correct. I was mistaken in my date on the press. The Bible completed printing on the press in 1455. I just gave a presentation on the history of Scripture translation and should have looked at both my notes and the powerpoint presentation instead of just the presentation. My apologies.

  10. HistoryFaculty responded on 27 Sep 2009 at 9:52 am #

    Okay, settle down now.This is supposed to be FUNNY/SATIRICAL, kind of like a newspaper editorial cartoon. It’s the idea of it — that literacy was 2-3% or so and mostly just the “elites”, and that we all know with 20/20 hindsight that this printing press took off and was one of the great successes in history! So FUNNY, knowing as we do of the tremendous success of the printing press, to think of JG saying “Oh crap, I spent all this time and effort on this thing, and it’s going to be a big flop.” (FYI on requiring precise historical accuracy – it’s a friggin’ TWEET for heaven’s sake!)

  11. jacob responded on 27 Sep 2009 at 6:25 pm #

    @Helen kidd im sorry but i must point this out. ahem, NNNNNEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRDDDDDDDDDDDSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! just kidding. but you guys are still analysing this WAY to deeply. its just done for humor. acurate or not.

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