If you can get a hold of "The Complete Printmaker" it has a bit of history and a good bit of tech info that's easy to digest for someone not well versed in the subject. Last time I looked on Amazon used copies were reasonably priced.
I'd watch that wiki timeline too--1907? Maybe the first pennants were printed in the US in 1907, but mesh supported stencil work began in the far east long before that. Human hairs stretched on a frame with water resistant paper glued from both sides.