感謝您， 以跑步支持保育！ Thank you for funding us as you run!
由全城街馬主辦的太陽國際金融集團香港街馬@中環2015 ，於9月6日舉行， 超過8000多人為公益而跑。長春社文化古蹟資源中心為活動受惠機構之一，特意聯同傳統印刷店光華印務，以傳統活字印刷術結合電板製作，印製別具意義的感謝卡。CACHe 誠邀你欣賞短片，了解背後的製作過程，並再次多謝跑手與善長的支持！
SUNIFG HONG KONG STREETATHON@central 2015 was held by RunOurCity on 6 September 2015. Over 8,000 participants of different backgrounds ran for charity. CACHe, as one of the beneficiaries, has prepared a special souvenirs to acknowledge the support by our donors. The CACHe x Kwong Wah Printing Co. Thank You Card is a creative combination of letterpress printing technique and the use of metal type pieces. See how it works in this video, and again, thank you for your generosity in supporting the work for cultural heritage conservation!
The history of letterpress printing traced as early as the Northern Song Dynasty when the early movable type, made of clay, was invented by Bi Sheng between 1041 and 1048. Four hundred years later, German goldsmith Johannes Gutenberg developed the first metal movable type system, which would be in use for the following centuries.
The movable type printing press was brought to Hong Kong by Dr James Legge of the London Missionary Society. Chinese Serial, the city’s first Chinese newspaper, was also printed by those machines. Since then, a number of newspaper companies were set up around Central and Sheung Wan. Businesses related to the printing industry – type foundries, ink and paper shops, and electrotype factories – also emerged in the city.
Although letterpress printing was more convenient to use than woodblock printing, it still required the typesetter to select and arrange individual types manually. For a 500-word article, for instance, the typesetter had to pick up 500 types one by one, making every single type “the result of toil”. Therefore, it was not uncommon to spot misspellings – and even backward spellings – in the newspaper. Since typesetters had to use ink and aluminium types all the time, they gained a facetious nickname of “black-hand mafia”.
As Hong Kong’s manufacturing industry and export trade began to expand in the 1950s, the demand for various printed materials (such as cartons, packages and user’s manuals) increased. In addition, a number of experienced industrialists relocated from Shanghai to Hong Kong after the Second World War, enhancing the development of the city’s printing sector. In the second half of the 1970s, however, the prevalence of offset printing turned letterpress printing into a sunset industry. In 1990, the typesetting department of Overseas Chinese Daily News shut down; local type foundries also started to fold one after another.