A Re-Strike is a print created from the Original printblock or plate used to produce pressbook insert images and newspaper advertising images years ago.
The plate or block is positioned on a letterpress and the prints are hand produced one by one, exactly as it was done years ago. This process creates an embossed quality to the print.
An engraved inventory number appears on each plate authenticating it's historical past.The collection includes over 8,000 plates and 50,000 blocks dating back to the 1930's.
PICTURED ABOVE is an example of what the actual plate for the motion picture "G. I. Blues - starring Elvis Presley." They are viewed in reverse due to the letterpress printing process. The plates are 7-1/4" X 10". The blocks range in size from 6" X 9" to 1" X 1".
There were only two companies in the United States that were selected by the Motion Picture Studios to produce all of the printblocks and plates used to print the graphics appearing in press kits, newspapers and promotional materials before 1977.
An engraved inventory number appears on each plate authenticating it's historical past. Although the wood blocks and plates are 50+ years old, they are still in excellent printing condition.
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Examples of the Plate, Block and Restrike from the Plate:
Experts in the field of movie memorabilia have projected the re-strikes alone could easily generate over $60 million if the prints are limited to 400-500 each at an average cost to the consumer of $45.00 each.