TW-DB has been an excellent resource for typewriter collectors for many years, but is apparently no longer maintained. A year or so ago, I had an email discussion with some other collectors who had tried to contact the owner and had failed, and who were concerned that the site might disappear along with all of its valuable information. The tw-db.com domain expires on Jan 5 2013, so we’ll see if it gets renewed by Mr. Schumann or if the site really does go down.
To prevent this possibility, I mirrored the TW-DB site here, and I cleaned up the HTML, removed most of the garish colors and all of the midi embeds, and generally tried to make the pages easier to print, so collectors could print their own serial number lists. (us typewriter collectors like to have things on paper)
In the past year, I’ve been slowly working on further cleaning up the html of those original serial number lists and updating them where I have newer, more credible sources. I’ve also been building this site, which will soon have this information in a relational database that I can connect to other things, like member’s uploaded collections, and threaded discussions about the data.
Thus I will be splitting my time between building things like the aforementioned collection galleries and discussion management and updating the data that we have currently. The search continues for more complete and accurate serial number lists, so lend a hand if you can!
The Typewriter Serial Number Database (formerly: typerati.com)