TWDB blasts past 6000 Galleries, and adds a new Repair Manual section!

Yesterday the Typewriter Database hit typewriter gallery #6000 in the relentless march to , well, eventually most of them. If you were there and paying attention to the gallery count in the main menu, you might have noticed something else new:

twdb6000Yep- new Typewriter Repair School section. I figured out a way to extract high-resolution jpegs out of PDF files using Ghostscript, then spent a week cleaning up, cropping and resizing those jpgs and writing web pages to hold them. The books I chose to do were a set of brochures and manuals covering everything from very basic typewriter care and maintenance to the complete AMES course in typewriter repair from 1945 to 1968 covering all of the major American makes, standards, portables and the old Noiseless. Well, it’s almost complete, because I’ve got a line on a copy of Rocky’s Electric Typewriter Tek-Manual, which is the third book in the trifecta, so that’s coming soonish.

In other TWDB news, I’ve updated a few more antique serial number pages, but the one people are likely to be most excited about is the update to Royal. Wouldja lookit that:

twdb-royal2016Still not complete, though getting closer… Need more datums! :D

Updated: November 2, 2016 — 11:14 am


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  1. Awesome! It gets better and better.

  2. Wow! I’ve been missing quite a bit while you have been making the Typewriter Database the greatest resource on line.

  3. TWDB is the best – and it keeps getting better. That Royal serial number page is a thing of beauty. I like scrolling through the list and seeing the subtle and not so subtle changes in design through the years. It’s such a nice quick model identification tool too.

  4. Huzzah! Great work, an excellent resource, thank you.

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