The finest Columbian Black

This year sees the 50th anniversary of The Beatles crossing the pond to have a crack at America. 150 years before that, Mr George Clymer did the opposite journey – and brought a game-changing invention along for the ride.

While very similar to its rivals Albion and Stanhope, in that it could only print one page of type at a time, the Columbian printing press’s light touch gave it an edge over its competitors.

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Not only adding an impressive visual element, the eagle positioned on the top of the press acts as a counter balance system, with far less effort required to operate.

Here at St Bride Foundation we have two machinces: one of which is still frequently used in the workshops. To coincide with the press’s 200th birthday, a special book is being published, including the testimonials from the original promotional material!

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