Our family has two generations in the printing industry. My late father-in-law gave me these printers' blocks and the drawer years ago.
I remember having printers' drawers years ago and I, like everyone else, used it to display junk of all sorts.
Now, it has a place in our dining room, full of various fonts and sizes of blocks. How weird to think that this was the method for printing, and not that long ago. When I was Single-working-girl, I worked at a printing company and, yes, they "set type".
How times have changed...