Columbia – The Personification Of The USA

Badge from a Columbian Printing Press

This is the badge from a Columbian Press, a printing machine designed in the USA and made in Edinburgh and now in the National Museum of Scotland.

The counterweight that is partly visible at the top of the photo is in the shape of an American Eagle.

The explanatory panel states that the printing press was designed by a George C Clymer in 1813. The press wasn’t a success in the USA so he brought his design to Scotland.

The panel also explained that the name of the press came from the name Columbia, which is the female personification of the USA. Who knew?

According to Wikipedia, the name Columbia was dreamed up by Samuel Johnson to describe the British Colonies in America at a time when reports of debates in the UK Parliament had to be disguised because it was illegal to report them directly.

The name was adopted by the founding fathers to add gravitas to their country to combat the UK’s Britannia when the US was working towards independence.


  1. Rebekah M says:

    Interesting!!! I had _no_ idea about the Columbia part.

    Does AirDrop work well for you?


    1. I’ve never used AirDrop. I am not even sure what it is – something to do with transfer between machines on the same local network – something like that. If you are thinking of between your phone and your laptop, I transfer via Dropbox. It works fine, especially for moving iPhone photos onto my laptop. What are you using it for?


      1. Rebekah M says:

        I think it’s Bluetooth. It’s fast and convenient when I want to move a picture quickly from the phone to the MacBook [or vice versa]. It works like a breeze, except that now my MacBook has ceased to show up in AirDrop. The other way is fine. It’s really no big deal — I use Google Photos and that works, but this was just so handy to have.


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