Rectangular wood and cast lead printing block. The print image is of a moustached and long-haried man from the shoulders up and facing to the left side. The man is dressed in military uniform with part of the shoulder board visible and is wearing a plummed helmet with a visor, neck guard and chin strap. The helmet is in the style of a 19th century cuirassier's helmet.
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. This printing block was used in the printing of letterheads and advertising contracts for the 1972 Greek Independence Day Parade Committee. The parade was sponsored by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Chicago, the Greek orthodox Church Communities, and the Greek-American Organizations of the Greater Metropolitan Area of Chicago. The image is also used for the printing of By-law booklets, letterhead, and membership cards for the Patriotic Tripolitan Lodge "Theodoras Kolokotronis." The Lodge was founded in 1924 and was located at 304 South Halsted Street, Chicago. The figure in the image is Theodoras Kolokotronis. Kolokotronis was a pre-eminent Greek general during the Greek War of Indepenence and is celebrated as one of the foremost heroes of the war. In 1825 he was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Greek forces in the Peloponesse. Kolokotronis is most recognized for his victory at Dervenaki Pass over the Ottoman army of Mahmud Dramali Pasha in August of 1822. The victory over the Ottoman army at Dervenaki Pass contributed greatly to the Ottoman's need to turn to Muhammad Ali of Egypt for help against the Greeks. The helmet worn by Kolokotronis in the print image is in the style of a 19th century cuirassier's helmet. Cuirassier's are mounted cavalry named after the brestplate armor they wear, the cuirasse.
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Block, Printing, 1969 – 1972, Greek Art Printing Company Artifact Collection, National Hellenic Museum, https://collections.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/Detail/objects/9859. Accessed 10/19/21.