Rectangular wood and cast lead printing block. The print image is a seal. At the center is a circle with an outline of a decorative pattern of smaller circles and lines. Within the decorative outline is the portrait of a young man with long curly hair and a plummed helmet sitting upon his head. The man is looking to the right. To the right of the portrait, still within the circle outline and following the curvature of the outline, is a Greek word that translates to: "Alexander." Extending from each side of the central circle are rectangles with thier interiors decorated with curved patterns. At the end of each rectngle is a fern-like decoration that extends further to the left and right on each respective side.
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 the printing of letterhead for the national headquarters of the Pan-Macedonian Association, Inc. The headquarters was located at 304 South Halsted Street, Chicago. The Pan-Macedonian Association, Inc. is committed to the protection of the boundaries of thier homeland of Macedonia from the "expansionistic views and greedy stance of thier northern neighbors." This "protection" is necessary due to intense contention between Greeks and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia about who can call themselves Macedonians and who has right to Macedonian territory and perhaps most importantly who can claim the history of Macedonia, particularly the achievements of Alexander the Great. The image of the young man used on the seal is that of Alexander I the Great, who is famed for his conquest of the Persian Empire.
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Block, Printing, 1959 – 1961, Greek Art Printing Company Artifact Collection, National Hellenic Museum, https://collections.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/Detail/objects/9987. Accessed 10/27/21.