Movie Print Blocks

Movie Print Blocks


Way back in the olden days before computers made printing up flyers and advertisements a breeze, there were print blocks. As you can see in the photo it is a block of wood with a metal plate attached. This would be pressed onto an ink pad and stamped onto upcoming attractions flyers, newspaper ads, etc. For those of us old enough to remember, some theaters would offer a flyer that showed all the upcoming movies. There was no internet or Iphone apps for checking movie times. The recent posts about the movie Westworld reminded me that I had this little piece of movie history stashed away somewhere. I have had it for several years after finding it at a flea market. Here is what the print looks like on a piece of paper. I didn’t have an ink pad so a magic marker did the trick.



I love retro toys, television, movies and just about anything from the 70s and 80s. I frequent flea markets, thrift shops, garage sales and auctions hoping to nab my next pop culture trophy.

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  1. very cool! I see these old printing blocks eveery nw and then but have yet to see any advertising movies or TV shows. Nice find!

  2. Awesome! Thanks for sharing this…makes we want to see if there are any horror themed ones out there…

  3. I have never seen one of these at a Flea Market, but now I have something new to keep my eyes peeled for. Thanks!

  4. Thanks for the sharing, Plcary! You and Flack seem to find all of the coolest stuff! :)

  5. I just saw someone on Antiques Roadshow with an original Star Wars wooden print block like this (it was larger then this one). He picked it up on ebay a few years ago for like $20, now its worth a few hundred bucks.

  6. That is a cool find! And yeah, how weird was it having to wait until Thursday’s paper to find out what’s playing on Friday at the theatres? Thank you Internet!

  7. Great filmdom memorabilia, plcary!

    I’m such a fan of this movie I think I’d go around town stamping everything in sight, letting people kno9w about this great resort, out there somewhere.

    And, Pop Rewind – it wasn’t weird at all waiting till the last day before weekend to find out what movie I was gonna see that night!
    It was surprising, exciting and sometimes unexpected fun (though, as a kid, you *always* expect to have fun).

    Didn’t matter what movie was, I was there.
    And with Westworld, I went back a few times.

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