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I got a bunch of printing blocks from a local resident (in Kentucky, USA) who says that they were from a Paducah supply store that made their own horse harnesses and other horse supplies. They hand-printed their catalogs for years. The man I got them from remembers the business and thinks that these stamps are from the 1930's. I did find one of the suppliers who is still in business in Benton, Illinois: http://www.fbmcafoos.com/History.aspx Fred McAfoos (shown in the harness shop photo) started his harness business in the 30's and closed it in the 50's. His logo is on some of the stamps that are very similar to this one. The other photo shows a catalog print that used blocks like this one. It is also from the McAfoos historical page. Visit their site for more info on the company.

The last photo shows some of the other stamps that I bought and am listing here. Check to see what is available: http://www.etsy.com/shop/rayela?section_id=5108583

I am neither an expert in the printing processes of that time nor do I know much about what horses wore back then...

I do know that these blocks and the others I am listing like it can be used on paper or fabric by rolling ink on with a brayer. Although they are functional, I also think they are beautiful pieces as decorative objects and can see them incorporated into collages, used as paper weights, or just as stand alone collectibles. A great gift for anyone who loves horses, country life, Western themes, and the rugged outdoors.

Specifics on this listing:

Four blocks in a silver metal... aluminium? lead?

To give you an idea of scale, the largest is 3" x 3.5" (7.5 x 9 cm).


The core of my business is dedicated to ethnic textiles, although I love anything old and handmade. Visit my shop for textiles and supplies, as well as things I make.

Shipping is combined on multiple purchases and free in the US if they total over $100. I was doing that for international orders as well, but because the blocks are heavy, I give a discount on larger orders, but have to look at the total and destination first.

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Vintage Relief Printing Blocks, Kentucky Horse Supply Catalog, Lot 35


  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Materials: lead, wood
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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