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Edward Bevan and Co

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Columbian printing press No 1828. Exhibit at Crich Tramway Museum.

of 10 Finsbury street, London. Makers of the Columbian printing press

Successors to William Carpenter and Clymer, Dixon and Co

1856 Announcement. 'Gentlemen, I beg respectfully to inform you that I have purchased of Mr. William Carpenter the Plant and Machinery for the manufacture of the PATENT COLUMBIAN PRINTING PRESS, for so many years carried on by Messrs Clymer and Dixon. In making this announcement to the Trade, I am desirous of drawing their attention to an improvement recently made in the coupling-bar, by the introduction of a regulating screw, enabling the pressman, to alter the pull at pleasure, and avoiding the inconvenience of removing the bolt: a drawing of which, with list of prices, can be had on application. It is unnecessary to point out the great superiority of the Columbian Press over all other presses now in use. In simplicity of construction, beauty of manufacture, power of leverage, and accuracy of impression, it stands unrivalled. The superintendence of the manufactory confided to Mr. Dixon, one of the original patentees, as the best guarantee that the same careful attention will be bestowed on the finish of every part of the machine that has always been so distinguishing a feature of the Columbian Press. I embrace this opportunity of tendering my sincere thanks to those Gentlemen who have so liberally encouraged me while representing the Firm of Messrs. Robert Besley and Co., during the past ten years, and to assure them and the Trade generally that no exertion shall wanting on my part to merit a continuance of their favours while still representing that Firm. I remain, Gentlemen, your faithful servant, EDWARD BEVAN. 10, Finsbury-street, Finsbury-square, London, July 88th, 1856.'[1]

1863 Produced the Columbian press and then closed the business but the design was improved and produced by Wood and Sharwood


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Sources of Information

  1. Illustrated London News - Saturday 23 August 1856