Frederika Dicker was born in 1898 to a poor Jewish family in Vienna, Austria. Her mother passed away when Friedl was just a toddler. Like many Jews who were killed by the Nazis, not a lot of information is available on Friedl’s childhood, but her story becomes clearer upon entering the iconic art school Weimar Bauhaus.
For over seven centuries, the letterpress has been an integral part of printing and communication. In this article, we’d like to go over the history of the letterpress, from its inception at the hands of inventor Johannes Gutenberg to its recent revival in small studios across the globe.