Isn’t this a stunningly beautiful machine? Amalfi was part of our coastal tour, and the town was a paper-making center for many years.
“Taking advantage of the Canneto River running down the mountain valley above their town, Amalfi began producing paper in the first half of the 12th century, making it one of the earliest locations where paper was produced in Western Europe.” (http://www.charmingitaly.com/article/campania-amalfi-paper)
This photo was taken in the Paper Museum, whose equipment dates back to the 13th century.
I love paper, perhaps even more than cloth. Seeing this was one of the many unexpected bonuses of our Smithsonian tour. Yes, shameless promotion here! They did a fantastic job and showed us so, so much more than we would have seen on our own.