12 May 2017
Printing came to Bombay in 1674 at the initiative of an Indian businessman. A hundred years later, the city had its commercial printing presses. The proliferation of print, however, started in the 19th century, with indigenously developed typefaces for Indian languages, from the 1790s, giving it a major fillip. The advent of lithography in the 1820s also helped. By the middle of the century, there were nearly 50 printing presses in Bombay, many of them owned by Indians.
In the pages of PrintWeek India and elsewhere, printing scholar Murali Ranganathan has been exploring this fascinating aspect of Bombay’s history. This picture gallery with 20 rare images offers a glimpse to Ranganathan’s exhaustive research.
Is the time ripe for Bombay to have its own print museum?