Wood and cast lead printing block. The printing image is of a circular seal. The seal consists of two circles, a larger one forming the outer edge of the seal and a smaller one inside of the larger. Situated between the outer and inner circle is a ring of text that reads: "Pan-Messenian Federation of America, 1945." Inside the inner circle, at the center of the seal, is an image of the outline of the Greek region of Messenia. A line of text is enclosed in the outline of the region, but is too small to be legible.
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. This print image was used for the printing of letterhead for the Olympian Social Club, Chapter #8, Chapter #37 Ehalia, of Wickenburg, Arizona, and Chapter #22 Trifilia of the Pan-Messenian Federation of America. The image is also used for the printing of membership cards for the Federation. The Pan Messenian Federation, now called the Pan-Messinian Federation of USA and Canada, is a non-profit organization founded in 1945. The Federation works to preserve Greek language, culture, and civilization in Canada and the United States, as well as strengthen the links between Greek-Americans and Greek-Canadians and thier home region of Messenia. Messenia is a region of Greece that makes up the southwest corner of the Peloponnese. Trifilia and Ehalia are presumably regions of Messenia.
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Block, Printing, 1945 – 1979, Greek Art Printing Company Artifact Collection, National Hellenic Museum, https://collections.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/Detail/objects/9984. Accessed 02/28/21.