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The highly ornamented Columbian Press

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

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Justin Knopp over at the Typoretum has posted some marvellous photos of the ornamentation on a Columbian hand press, with a short account of the ornamentation. Justin writes, ‘The Columbian is by far the most lavishly decorated of all iron handpresses, although it must be noted that many of the embellishments function perfectly well as the working parts of the Press. The English writer T. C. Hansard once commented (shortly after the first Columbian Presses appeared in London) that: “If the merits of a machine were to be appreciated wholly by its ornamental appearance, certainly no other press could enter into competition with the Columbian”.’ Read on.

— Paul Razzell