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John Sadler and Guy Green were newspaper proprietors in Liverpool are credited with the commercial introduction of transfer printing onto pottery and in particular, tiles. In 1756 they swore an affidavit that they had printed 'upwards of twelve hundred earthenware tiles of different patterns' withing the space of 6 hours. Their technique was to revolutionise the pottery industry, making decoration of tiles and other wares much quicker, albeit more mechanical.