Fellow Woody Boater Bob Kays came upon these very cool old block printing plates from old articles and advertising. Its fun to see printing parts as art. Such is the art of time I suppose. We could go deep into the Arts and Crafts movement and William Morris, about the transference of what was and how new technology turns that old stuff into art. but we will spare you the history lecture. It does relate to why are beloved boats are part art, part boat though. Throw in a little Elbart Hubbard and his art movement, you could be philosophic for weeks on the subject. You wouldn’t have any friends left. But it would all make sense as to why we are featuring today’s printing blocks as cool art. Or you could just look at the blocks and say.”cool” OK, I need to go back to the planet earth now and work. Happy Day universe!
Many of these plates are just part of something larger. The printer would have to place each part together. The process was massivly time consuming and expensive. Wow, have we come a long way.
Some of these plates look very simple, but when printed come to life. Cool!
You may all now put down your pencils and go back to work, or something else less demanding of your brain cells.