A Piece of History

One of the joys of what we do is to recreate bits of history. This block is a great example of this. The print block dates from the Spanish American War. At about 10 inches tall, it is likely that this block was used for recruiting posters. When we printed this block, we did one other thing that would have been done back in the day - hand tint the print.

Before full color printing was common, prints were sometimes colored by hand. This would have been very common for recruitment posters. After all, on a poster like this, you want a bit of color to attract attention. So, after printing this block, I hand tinted the print using gouache paints, in the same way it would have been in the late 19th century. The result is a bit of history - the print of a recruit ready to go to Cuba with the likes of Teddy Roosevelt and the Congress of the Rough Riders.

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