Miss Columbia and The Phonograph

The Phonograph and other ads featuring Miss Columbia


Doug Boilesen, 2021


Columbia as a symbol of America is seen in many popular culture examples.

As the namesake of the Columbia Phonograph Company, the phonograph connections with Miss Columbia are primarily with the Columbia Graphophone and Columbia Records.

This gallery starts with the Columbia phonograph connections and then adds some examples from her other popular culture associations.


Columbia Gold Moulded Cylinder Records catalogue for 1907 (Courtesy Phonorama.fr)


"Miss Columbia Celebrates the Fourth" - The Ladies' Home Journal, July, 1919 - artwork by Rolf Armstrong (PM-0864)



Columbia with her Sacred Flag, 1861

The Stars and Stripes Forever, The Words by a Lady. Music by William J. Lemon. Lee & Walker, 722 Chesnut St., Philadelphia, 1861. Engraver, Lithographer, Artist T. Sinclair's Lith. Phila. (Source: The Lester S. Levy Sheet Music Collection).


The Edison Phonograph Monthly, July 1916




"Columbia as the Spirit of the Frontier, carrying telegraph lines across the Western frontier to fulfill manifest destiny." American Progress by John Gast, 1872 (Courtesy Library of Congress)


Columbia Advertising for Jas. S. Kirk & Co. Soap Makers, Chicago, Trade card, 1893


1893 World's Columbian Exposition Souvenir Booklet - Kingsford's Oswego Starch. Lithograph by Forbes Co., Boston (Disclaimer)


1893 Worlds Fair Columbian Exposition Souvenir Die Cut Needle Case with Miss Columbia.




Uncle Sam and Columbia Awakening from a Midsummer Night's Dream, by Victor Gillam, Judge, 1893



"Columbia's Easter Bonnet" by S.D. Ehrhart, Puck, April 6, 1901


"The Star" for Star Talking Machines and Records," The Talking Machine World, January 1909.

Some features of Miss Columbia but distinctly named "The Star" to represent Star Talking Machines and Records and avoid any infringement with Columbia Phonograph's trademark.