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.


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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