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Yankee Clipper Ship Antique Letterpress Printers Block – Metal Die Johnson Type

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This printers’ block is made of Zinc, Copper and Wood. The wood was most likely Cherry or Beechwood.

Lawrence Johnson (23 January1801 – 24 April 1860), was born and educated in England. After an early apprenticeship in the printing industry, he emigrated to the United States of America in his youth, and became an eminent stereo-typer and type-founder in Philadelphia, and one of the most extensive and successful type-founders in the United States.

After Lawrence Johnson's death in 1860, Peter A. Jordon became a partner in the company, and in 1867, the name changed from L. Johnson and Company to MacKellar, Smiths and Jordon. Nonetheless,the operation was long known as the "Johnson Type Foundry". In 1892, the firm was incorporated with the American Type Founders' Company.

Ship Definition: A clipper was a very fast sailing ship of the early to mid-1800s. The term developed as slang, as the ships were said to "clip" days off the usual time for a sea voyage.
Historians differ on when the first true clipper ships were built, but there is general agreement that they became well established in the 1840's. The typical clipper had three masts, was square-rigged, and had a hull designed to slice through the water.

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This block measures approximately: 2 1/8 inches wide X 1 7/8 inches long X 7/8 inches deep.

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