WPC: Half and Half and Throwback Thursday

Weekly Photo Challenge: Half and Half


Sevilla, Spain, 2014

I took this photo while strolling along the street in Sevilla.


Throwback Thursday: The Birth of A Book is responding to Dr. Hb’s Confessions of a Bookaholic Tag.


  • Paper was invented by the ancient Chinese in about 105 C.E  (Han Dynast) and spread slowly to the west via the Silk Road.

  • The earliest woodblock printed fragments were from China, before 220 AD.

  • Between 1041 and 1048, the first known movable type system was created out of porcelain in Bi Sheng.

    Source: the wood printing in Wikipedia

  • Block printing was used in Christian Europe as a method for printing on cloth, where it was common by 1300. At around 1400, paper became relatively available.

  •  Johannes Gutenberg, Mainz in Germany, developed European movable type printing technology in 1439. Gutenberg was also credited with the introduction of an oil-based ink.

     Source: Wikipedia “History of Printing


  • December 2004 Google signaled an extension to its Google Print initiative known as the Google Print Library Project , then announced partnerships with several high-profile university and public libraries

  • First generation Kindle was on the market on November 19, 2007, for $399.

Please take a moment to visit Dr. Hb’s Confessions of a Bookaholic Tag 🙂

Happy reading!

61 thoughts on “WPC: Half and Half and Throwback Thursday

  1. I’m a sucker for a symmetrical photo and the light on yours is fab. I love books – obviously! I have made notebooks by hand as well as paper, visited cities on the silk road and had a go at block printing so I think this post is great! It doesn’t seem that long that kindles have been around, so far I’ve resisted which is odd as I’m a techy tart. 🙂


    • You made notebooks by hand, that takes some skills! Visiting cities on the silk road is my dream trip. Do you have any post on this trip? So glad I could share this video and the info with you, Gilly 🙂


  2. Love that B&W shot of the Madonna. I thought paper started in Egypt ;papyrus’. I learrned something today. I don’t understand that the reader has a different photo from your post. Another unexplained WP changes?


  3. Perfect half and half! I was guessing it was from Southern Europe before looking where it was taken. And the history of a book was enlightening 🙂


  4. Such a beautiful shadowed photo, Amy. RIght place at the right time and you certainly had you camera ready. No surprises 😀 We have come a long way since printing using wooden blocks. And calligraphy too, though that is still around today 🙂


  5. I saw the daisy and bee photo at the reader main page, but when I clicked it, the photo changed to the half and half photo (still in reader). I know that seeker already informed you about the same issue. Bait and switch, lol. Regardless, I have no complaints since both photos are nice ; p


  6. what a creative take on the challenge, Amy! wow, it’s hard to imagine now how books were painstakingly done in the early days! thanks for sharing; i’m so impressed. 🙂


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