Oh, look at the manufacturer pages by last modified date at TWDB: We’ve been busy this month, and specifically this past week or so, as Tyler Anderson and I took a poke at refining the Williams Typewriter Serial Number Page. Before, it looked like this:
Nice, eh? I’m spending more energy on rebuilding the “Antique” sections of the TWDB now, and I’ve decided on a format for these pages that seems to suit the kind of information I’m digging up. More like mini-history synopsis incorporated with suggested dating information. With “Antique” brands, there’s often a thread that connects several manufacturers together with a specific inventor or group of inventors. This new format does a bit to explore that thread from beginning to end. In the case of the Williams, we now trace the factory and design all the way out to Secor to its ignomious end at Hammond.
Speaking of Secor, I rebuilt that page too:
Tyler and I also took a crack at the Emerson page, since he’s recently gotten one:
I found a bunch of scanned Typewriter Topics issues on Google Books that I used as source for these pages, and from which many of these wonderful monochrome engravings come from (ads, usually). While parsing through one, I noted a nice engraving for a machine I hadn’t seen before, a “Federal Visible”. It looked familiar, though, so I dug out my sources and found that it was basically a Visigraph that went through an ownership change. I looked at the TWDB and found we had nothing on either Visigraph or Federal. That is now rectified:
And, what the heck, let’s add a page for National too!
AAaaaand, because it’s been enough time since my Musicwriter article was published in ETCetera, a new Musicwriter page:
There’ll be more of these updates this year – with the sheer number of sources (86 listed in ref. now) that I have access to, this stuff is basically the low-hanging fruit that the post wwII/Mid-Century used to be until I plucked all the lowest hanging fruit like Royal, SCM, Underwood and the like. The abundance of original engravings is nice too. They make good representative thumbnails. I’m also gathering and linking to the relevant patents where I can (yay Patentbase!) and using more internal links where it makes sense. I hope you like it. (: