Rectangular wood and cast lead printing block. The print image is a circular seal with the image of the side of a man's face in the center. The man is facing to the left and is bearded with a thick head of hair. To the right of the man's image, following the curvature of the circle is the Greek word "Nestor." To the left of the man's image, also following the curvature of teh circle is the Greek word "Messinia."
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 letterhead for the Pan-Pylian Society "Nestor," which was Chapter #6 of the Pan-Messenian Federation of America. 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. Pylia is a sub-region of Messenia, and makes up the entirety of the westernmost of the three peninsulas that extend from the south of the Peloponesse. Nestor of Gerenia, according to Greek mythology, was the king of Pylos and is mentioned in both the Illiad and the Odyssey.
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Block, Printing, 1944, Greek Art Printing Company Artifact Collection, National Hellenic Museum, https://collections.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/Detail/objects/9993. Accessed 04/18/21.