Patent Model for Color Printing Blocks

Description (Brief)
This patent model demonstrates an invention for color printing blocks which was granted patent number 172340. The invention included multicolor printing blocks particularly intended for oilcloths, requiring colors to be applied thickly and in an intricate pattern. The blocks were pierced by channels, which conducted the ink from reservoirs of converging tubes surmounting the blocks.
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Object Name
manufacture, color printing blocks
date made
ca 1876
patent date
Perkins, Joseph
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
overall: 20 cm x 18 cm x 18 cm; 7 7/8 in x 7 1/16 in x 7 1/16 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Industry & Manufacturing
Patent Models, Graphic Arts
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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