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Wonderful old photo printing blocks, originally used in the creation of printed ephemera such as newspapers, books, pamphlets, etc. Most are copper plates adhered onto a solid wood backing, and almost all are inverted images whereby the original source being actual photograph negatives. When ink is applied to these blocks, the resultant printing style is called relief printing.
Unique and collectable, all 26 blocks contain photo 'headshot' images of men posing for portraits. Men are unidentified. Possibly these gentlemen were of the clergy, freemasons, or teachers... since these were all purchased together from an estate, they are believed to be a part of the same set. Would make great decoration for your country decor or vintage printer's room. Small in size, each block measures ⅞" x 1¼" x 1 inch thick.
Age: Exact date unknown, but some are from the 1950's as evident in the style of spectacles worn. The majority of these blocks contain stamped markings belonging to the I.P.E.U. (International Photo-Engravers Union) which suggests these blocks were manufactured between 1904 to no later than 1964.
Condition: In good used vintage condition. Some ink staining is present on the wood portion. Some small scratches to the surfaces as well as some oxidation.