At the International Exhibition in Paris in 1900, the town of Patras was awarded eighteen prizes for its liquor industry and for its main export which was raisins. In Patras the biggest papermill of the day was run with “modern” technology as were cotton-mills, flour-mills, a steam-powered candle factory, and cake factory among others. 18th century technological progress gave a boost to industry, the telegraph (1858) allowed far off cities to communicate with one another. Graham Bell invented the telephone. Newspapers were brought into circulation with the invention of the press (1866) which was perfected with the use of linotypes (1884-1886).