It’s been awhile since I did a news update for the Typewriter Database, tho things have been humming along very nicely. 750 Manufacturers and Marques, 2460 Typewriter Galleries and 1238 Typeface examples as of right now. Quite a few new Typewriter Hunters have joined and have uploaded some very nice collections. Checking the scores for the top 10 Hunters, I see that Uwe Wachtendorf has finally raced past Nick Beland to take first place, while Nick maintains a healthy 2nd place pace. I’ve been knocked down to 3rd place with half of the points that the two leaders of the pack have, with Michael Hoehne nipping at my heels in 4th. In 5th and 6th place are Brad Sarno and newcomer Piotr Trumpiel, who is uploading like a madman, and is likely to shoot further up the pack quite soon. Some of the newcomers have set a pace such that Richard Polt and Vilhelm Dromberg have finally been knocked out of the Top 10.
One especially gratifying thing is that the comments for galleries have become a very useful way for Hunters to communicate new information and discussion about specific typewriters. This function has been very helpful in drilling down dates for specific machines, coming up with new categories for manufacturers and other informative and interesting tidbits. Between the many new galleries and the comments they generate, there’s really something new and interesting to look at and participate in every day.
In other news, I’m still deep in the update for the Remington Serial Number Page. Got a few sections of Portables done, still many more to go. It’ll be a few weeks before I’m finished at this rate. Then I’ll need to go back and check all the other sources for Portables and probably re-add some things not covered by Source #18, along with reconciling any sources that are significantly different. This is still the current task on my plate, but I have plans for a complete update of the Brother Serial Number Page using the information I’ve gleaned from the large collection of Service Manuals and other dealer documents I’ve obtained. Also in the near future is a complete overhaul of the IBM Serial Number Page, but I need to consult heavily with the guys at the GolfBallTypewriterShop group at Yahoo to make sense of the mess of sources I have now. ProfessorC has offered to take a hand in organizing that, and we are likely to get some pretty good results considering the number of ex-IBM techs and dealers who hang out there. I vow that someday soon, the IBM page will make sense! :D
There are more future plans afoot, things I’m slowly and thoughtfully laying the groundwork for, including a donation method to collect funds for helping out with server costs and possibly financing certain things like the obtaining of sources not yet acquired which really can’t be acquired on the funds I can spare from my food budget – also the acquisition of a certain important domain name which is currently hanging in domain auction limbo. The domain name thing I’ve already laid the groundwork for, and come January we’ll see if that pays off, but there is a possibility that it won’t due to the rather paltry offer I can afford to make. I’d like to be able to mount a serious businesslike effort to acquire these things, and that requires more than my lunch money. More on that as it starts to coalesce. (:
I have a habit of pulling wire-bound books out of the shelves of thrift stores to take a peek at the covers. Usually they’re cookbooks, but I’m on the hunt for a book called “Rocky’s Typewriter Repair Manual” by Clarence LeRoy Jones, which I’ve never seen a copy of, but I expect it’ll be wire-bound. I take the invariable disappointment of seeing the titles of these wire-bound books in stride, but very, very occasionally I’ll get a little surprise.
Today’s thrifting trip held one such rare surprise. I pulled out a wire-bound book and found this:
“Slide Rule, A Textbook For Classroom and Self-Instruction” by C.L. Johnston, written in 1953, this is the Fifth Edition, published in 1972. It’s a complete course in using a slide rule, with extensive tests in problem solving.
I only have two slide rules, fairly simple ones: A Post 1447 Mannheim made of Bamboo in Japan around the mid-30’s (with original box!) and a more modern Pickett 1010-T made of aluminum. Neither are shown in the “recommended slide rules” section of the instruction manual, and thus I may have to hunt down a more complex and featureful model before taking on the course.
Speaking of which, since I know there are at least a few Typospherians with a slide rule addiction, I have scanned in that section for your enjoyment and reference. Click or download to embiggify, they’re pretty high-resolution scans: