Dedicated to preserving early American made rare and antique letterpress printer's blocks. What is a Print Block? Prior to the Digital Age, newspapers, books, posters, tickets, forms, and all other types of printed-paper were produced with a Printing Press. To form the words, movable type was used and print blocks would be used along side to add images or decorations around the text. A print block is also known as a letterpress cut or a printing die.
A very brief discussion about the who, what, why and how of type. There are basically 4 types of letterpress type — wood, brass, foundry and aluminum. Though I covet brass and wood type I predominately sell foundry type that is from the late 19th to mid 20th century in my Reminiscence Papers shop, so that is what I will focus on in this article. Antimony is a brittle metalloid and it is also primarily used in alloys such as pewter or type metal.