Printing a rare Williamson Haffner block

The Williamson Haffner Engraving Company was located in Denver, Colorado. They were in operation in the late 19th and early 20th century, producing advertising blocks for local companies and printing post cards and tourist books showing the sights of Colorado. Publications from the company are relatively rare. Even more rare are blocks from the company. Years ago, I was lucky enough to be given one of these blocks. It depicts a man tending a fire on a camp stove. The camp consists of two canvas tents, which might indicate that the block was for a tent and awning company (something we are still researching). Recently, I printed the block and hand tinted the print, as it might have been when the block was first printed. I chose to tint the print as though it was fall, giving a bit more color to the scene. I am so happy to have this block. It is a wonderful - and beautiful - piece of history.

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