Gateway Object: Catalogue Printing Blocks

Brown copper printing block
Brown copper printing block


Copper printing blocks, mounted on wood, dating from the 1920s.


These copperplate printing blocks from the 1920s were used for printing the Newman Brothers’ trade catalogue. Copperplate printing (also known as engraved printing) uses extreme force to press paper deep into the engraved areas of a copper printing plate onto which a design has been etched or engraved. This creates an impression on the paper surface. Copperplate printing  produces crisp, well defined images.

Newman Brothers promoted their products annually at trade shows. Perhaps the most important show was the annual exhibition of the National Association of Funeral Directors (N.A.F.D.). At the 1951 N.A.F.D. exhibition in Blackpool, Newman Brothers’ stand showcased a range of their products, which these printing blocks depict.

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