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Group of 19 Engineering Machines Printing Blocks c.1920
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This group of 19 printing blocks would have been used either for advertising or more likely for helping to create a trade catalogue during the 1910s-mid 1920s. They depict an array of different larger grinding and cutting machines for engineering and all appear to relate to Fred Cam Engineering Works in Sheffield. There is part of a newspaper with one dated to 1927 which is probably when they were wrapped up for storage. While I've not yet been able to find anything out about Fred Cam the location in Sheffield makes a connection to the famous metalware production of the area likely. Either way these print blocks serve as an interesting snapshot to engineering and industrial machines in the UK at the time. It is also noteworthy that unlike most similar blocks you come across which look interesting but you have no way of knowing what they really did, two thirds of these blocks are still in their labelled brown paper wrappers with the name of the machine clearly stated.
Historic Tech has clarified that the Group of 19 Engineering Machines Printing Blocks c.1920 (LA355210) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being c1920
All but two appear to be copper plate engraving blocks and although I've not attempted to print from any, they are in good corrosion free and wear free condition and should print fine. One block is carved wood which has been joined in sections, and another block looks to be zinc which sadly has corroded beyond recognition.
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