Woodstock Museum Collection Database

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Title Printing Press
Date 1904 C
Object Name Block, Printing
Catalog Number 2000.27.1.86
Description Wooden printing block with a rectangular base. The block is curved in halfway up its height to form its own handle. At the top of the handle the word "Per" is printed in ornate script which corresponds to the bottom of the block. On the bottom of the block there is a raised rubber cutout in reverse, so when it is coated with ink it will leave its likeness when pressed against a surface.
Provenance Scalisi was an early Italian family to Woodstock. He opened a fruit store around 1900. In 1914, there were Scalisi Fruit Stores at 373, 401, 535, and 551 Dundas Street. Before the last one, at 535 Dundas, closed in 1992, there had been a family store somewhere along Dundas Street for over 90 years. This printing press was used to make store signs at E. Scalisi's Fruit Market. See file for family history.
Year Range from 1900
Year Range to 1909
Material Wood/Rubber
Length (cm) 4.5
Width (cm) 2.2
Height (cm) 4