"We need more ink." That is just one of the things you might hear in a printing shop in Colonial times. Printers used things like paper, metal, and especially ink. They made newspapers, bibles, pamphlets, flyers, invitations, and newsletters.
Some tools they used were:
There were lots of different jobs in a printing shop like a compositor and a pressman. Printers needed to know how to use a printing press, how to set type, and they had to know how to run a shop. After people would buy their products they would read it and share it. Printing apprentices were called devils.
Some famous printers were people like William Bradford, Samuel Green, James Franklin, and his brother Benjamin Franklin.
Click on a trade below to read more about it.
Source: Fisher, Leonard Everett. The Printers. New York: Benchmark, 2000, c1965.