Object ID
2008.37.136
Object Name
Block, Printing
Material
Lead; Wood
Object Entities
Damianos, John (is related to)
Damianos, Aristotle (is related to)
Object Description
Large rectangular wood printing block with a metal etching on top. The etching contains lots of Greek writing. At the top, it says, "Greek Orthodox Church of Chicago and Western Suburbs". Underneath this, it says "The Assumption". All of the other writing on the block is in Greek. There are five small rectangular holes in the blocks that appear at the end of dates. This is presumably so that the printer could fill in the dates as needed for printing. The block itself is very dirty.
Origin
Donated by John Damianos. The printing block was used in a linotype printing machine. Linotype presses allowed for the casting of entire lines to be printed at a time. Linotype printing was eventually succeeded by lithograph printing and computer typesetting during the 1960's and 1970's. This printing block was used by the Chicago-based, Greek Art Printing Company that was owned and operated by Aristotle Damianos. The Greek Art Printing Company was responsible for the printing of a wide range of materials, including wedding invitations, invoices, flyers, programs, letterhead, etc., for Greek businesses, organizations, institutions, and individuals in the Chicago area, and elsewhere.
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Citation
Block, Printing, Greek Art Printing Company Artifact Collection, National Hellenic Museum, https://collections.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/Detail/objects/10091. Accessed 03/01/21.