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Object Name Block, Printing
Alternate Name Printing Roller
Date 1908
Description Carved wooden printing roller, used in the manufacture of linoleum. Made from a hollow wood cylinder, carved on the outside surface to create patterns in relief. There are three repeating square pattern motifs -- checkerboard, quatrefoil, and flower, which are arranged in rows of alternating squares. Designed for a 6-foot repeat section, and hand-carved by Geza Nagyvathy at the American Linoleum Manufacturing Company of Staten Island. Inscribed in yellow crayon, "6 FT. / 1908" at one end and "AMER LINOLEUM CO." at the other end.
(Keywords: New York)
Acquisition Gift of Rudolph Zoltan Nagyvathy
Ownership and History The American Linoleum Manufacturing Company was established in the 1870s in an area that came to be called Linoleumville and is now known as Travis, Staten Island. The company was a pioneer in the development of manufacturing methods and new linoleum products. At its height of operations between 1905 and the late 1920s, the factory employed 700 men and women and produced 90,000 square yards of linoleum per week.

This roller was made by Geza Nagyvathy (1866-1951). Nagyvathy was born in Hungary under the Austrian Empire. He held a position as designer and patternmaker at the Staten Island factory until it closed in 1931.
Earliest Date 1908
Latest Date 1908
Maker Nagyvathy, Geza
Subjects Linoleum blocks
Lexicon Sub-category Printing T&E
Associated People Nagyvathy, Geza
Catalog Number 80.001.0014
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2012.
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