Cast metal and wood printing block. The printing reads: "Olympic Airways." Between the two words is a modified version of the Olympic rings logo. The rings are turned on thier side and an extra ring is added. In smaller print below "Olympic Airways" is: "European Excellence Aloft."
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 succeded by lythograph printing and computer typesetting during the 1960's and 1970's. This printing block was used by The Greek Art Printing Company out of Chicago. Olympic Airways was founded in 1957 when it was bought from the Greek government. It ceased to exist when it was merged into Olympic Airlines in 2009.
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Block, Printing, 1957 – 2009, Greek Art Printing Company Artifact Collection, National Hellenic Museum, https://collections.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/Detail/objects/9773. Accessed 09/17/21.