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Memento Mori  - Vintage Latin Letterpress Words

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"Memento mori" is a Latin phrase translated as "Remember your mortality" or "Remember you will die". You will often see it on older gravestones. How jolly!

I was lucky enough to get hold of some wonderful, vintage wooden letterpress blocks a wee while ago. They came to me from Dublin and had clearly been sitting, unloved, in a shed for years and years.

I set about cleaning them up a bit and what magical things emerged from under the dust and ink...I fell in love with these warm, tactile pieces of printing history. I set off on a hunt for more and this is the result...now my treasures are collected from every corner of the U.K. and from France, germany, Italy and Belgium...these are well-travelled blocks.

There is still some ink and paint on the blocks, and they do have some dinks and scratches, but that is part of their history and charm. Now they can be part of your history and charm! Not only that, but they are eco-friendly too, as they are being rescued and re-purposed.

I think these words and letters look great sitting on a shelf, desk or mantelpiece. Each one is different and unique.

These words are "Memento Mori"...a great little something for the Goth in your life, although perhaps not for your Granny!.

"Memento Mori" is made up of individual blocks, not fixed to each other in any way, and measuring about 2 1/4" x 3 3/8 in the arrangement shown. In this case, I have deliberately not cleaned and polished the blocks, as I think it adds to the rather old and worn look that I was wanting. The gloomy angel on the top is a lead block.

Memento Mori - Vintage Latin Letterpress Words


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