Square-shaped, wood and cast lead printing block. The print image is a circular seal with a representation of the Assumption of Mary within a circle outline. The representation is of a haloed Mary lying with arms crossed on a litter. The litter is being carried and is surrounded by several figures. Above Mary is a wreath with a haloed figure in the center and the wreath is held by two angels, in flight, on each side. Below the image is the word "Assumption."
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 print block was used for the printing of a greeting from the Board of Directors of the Greek Community in the souvenir program for the February 25, 1943 Benefit Dance for the Greek War Relief held by the American Pan-Hellenic Federation. The Assumption of Mary (the Birth-Giver) is a feast day in the Greek Orthodox Church to celebrate Mary's assumption, as the mother of God, to heaven.
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Block, Printing, February 25, 1943, Greek Art Printing Company Artifact Collection, National Hellenic Museum, https://collections.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/Detail/objects/9875. Accessed 04/18/21.