[Metal Printer’s Block of Indiana]


A heavy printer’s block used to replicate a map of Indiana.

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This uncommon printer’s block of Indiana is a fascinating relic of the changing mapmaking technologies of the 19th and 20th centuries. Based on the sandpaper-like texture of the surface, it was probably used to create a cerographic (wax-engraved) print.

An image (in this case, the Hoosier State) was carefully etched into a layer of wax atop the plate. From there, a chemical solution would be poured over the top, ‘etching’ the image where the metal is exposed. The block could then be inked and pressed to paper to recreate the map.

Difficult to date, but created before 1931 based on the borders of St. Joseph County.

Map Details

Publication Date: c. 1910?

Author: Anonymous

Sheet Width (in): 3

Sheet Height (in): 4.25

Condition: B

Condition Description: Metal, possibly copper, printer's block, soldered to a lead baseplate and affixed to a wooden block that has split and somewhat deteriorated. Moderate wear, consistent with age and use. About good condition overall.


1 in stock