Rectangular wood and cast lead printing block. The print image is of a man wearing a traditional Greek foustanella, standing with his hands on his hips.
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. The print image was used for an advertisement page in the program for the 1982 Pan-Icarian National Convention of the Pan-Icarian Brotherhood of America, held in Chicago. The advertisement is for the Jordan Paint Mfg. Co. of Forest Park, Illinois. The Pan-Icarian Brotherhood is a Greek-American organization comprised of members who can trace thier ancestry to the Greek islands of Icaria and Fournoi. Icaria and Fournoi are located in the Eastern Aegean Sea off of the coast of Turkey.
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Block, Printing, 1982, Greek Art Printing Company Artifact Collection, National Hellenic Museum, https://collections.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/Detail/objects/9986. Accessed 02/25/21.