Est virgo hec penna, meretrix est stampificata  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

"Est virgo hec penna, meretrix est stampificata" is a criticism of literacy by Filippo di Strata aimed at the Gutenberg's movable type. The phrase, which dates to 1474, translates as "The pen is a virgin; the printing press, a whore."

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