Gutenberg Playground

W. 49 St. bet. 9 Ave. and 10 Ave.


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This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

This playground is named in honor of Johann Gutenberg (c. 1397Α1468), the German pioneer in the field of printing who is widely regarded as the European inventor of movable type.  The Chinese are credited with the invention of printing type—a block of wood, metal, or other material bearing a raised letter or character on one end, that, when inked and pressed upon paper, leaves a printed impression.  Movable metal type was used in Korea as early as 1403; however, it was Gutenberg who developed this technology in Europe.

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