Wood and cast lead printing block. The print image is a circular seal. Along the inside of the upper curve of the circle is the text: "Pan-Euboean Ladies & Misses Society." Along the bottom curve of the circle is: "Chicago and Suburbs." At the center of the circle is a map image of Euboea. At the lower right-hand of the circle is the text: "EST. NOV 12 1939."
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, The Greek Art Printing Company. What exactly the Pan-Euboean Ladies & Misses Society was is uncertain. Most likely, it was a women's society for Greek immigrant women in the Chicago area who originated from Euboea. Euboea is the second largest Greek island, behind Crete. The island is located in the Aegean Sea east of the Greek mainland region of Boeotia. The island is separated from the mainland by the Euripus Strait.
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Block, Printing, November 12, 1939, Greek Art Printing Company Artifact Collection, National Hellenic Museum, https://collections.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/Detail/objects/9789. Accessed 01/16/21.