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Bureau of Engraving and Printing
U.S. Department of the Treasury

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Research: Technology 

Overview:

 

Technology, especially printing technology, has always been central to the development of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.  Creating product more quickly, cost effectively, and efficiently while maintaining high-quality workmanship is a key to the BEP's success.  In fact, many advances in printing technology have been the result of the invention and innovation of BEP employees, making the Bureau of Engraving and Printing a world leader in the field.

 

For further information on this topic, specific questions may be addressed to the Historical Resource Center.


HRC / BEP Papers

 

The Challenges of Change:  The Bureau of Engraving and Printing and Modernizing Stamp Production in the Decade After World War II
A paper presented at the Winton M. Blount Symposium on Postal History, November 2006.

 

The Color of Money or How the Greenback Got Its Name: Development of Chromium Green Ink and Its Use in Nineteenth Century United States Banknotes
A look at the origins of the use of green ink.

 

Hydrostatic Presses at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Briefly examines the first attempt at "dry" printing at the BEP.

 

Perforating Equipment
List of perforators used by the BEP.

 

Printing Presses
Chronological listing of presses used in the BEP.


 

HRC / BEP Books & Articles

 

History of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, 1862-1962 (Washington, DC: Treasury Department, 1962)
A full-length official history of the BEP.