On wet evenings, I like scouring ebay for the odd letterpress bargain. I bought a lot of advertising blocks, from an old sporting goods shop in Iowa; and they arrived this week. When I proofed them I noticed the golfball block had 1 King on it.
Strangely my grandfather was a big-time golfer back in the day, called Sam King; I don’t think it would be too much of a stretch to imagine it might be associated with him? This is a photo of him from the National Portrait Gallery in London (by Bassano), and one of a number of cigarette cards I’ve seen of him- pretty cool, eh?
Sadly this was all before being a golfer, meant big money – so no family fortune. When I told my brother about the block, he requested this print.