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31.05.2013
New: HBw-Aktuell 06/2013 (member area)

In this issue (among others):

  • Curiosities of historical office technology
  • Regional meeting in Schnaittach
  • The ENTER Museum in Solothurn, Switzerland
  • Soyuz ribbons from the USSR
  • New calculators at the HNF in Paderborn
and, as usual: advertisements, market reflections, this & that ...

Peter Muckermann

02.05.2013
New: HBw-Aktuell 05/2013 (member area)

In this issue (among others):

  • Curiosities of historical office technology
  • Stenography at the SHBS April swap meet
  • The Genia Typewriter
  • Collectors’ meeting in Weesp, Netherlands
  • Swiss Typewriters
  • A brochure for Bar-Lock fans
  • Long night of the museums - Hamburg
and, as usual: advertisements, market reflections, this & that ...

Peter Muckermann

28.03.2013
Historische Bürowelt No. 91 released

This issue contains

  • Alexander Rechnitzer - inventor of the first
    fully automatic calculating machine Autarith
    English translation, appendix (member area)
  • Rechnitzer's one-hand typewriter
  • Rechnitzer's "speaking" ADIX
  • Typewriter production in Austria
    with English translation, see member area
  • Book reviews

Martin Reese

28.03.2013
New: HBw-Aktuell 04/2013 (member area)

In this issue (among others):

  • Curiosities of historical office technology
  • Auction in Hamburg Braak
  • CeBiT meeting in Hannover-Berenbostel
  • Regional meeting at the Jacobi collection in Cologne
and, as usual: advertisements, market reflections, this & that ...

Peter Muckermann

10.03.2013
Review on The Great Calculation Weekend (Nov. 9th - 11th 2012, Los Angeles)

Calculators are silent, ubiquitous, boring, and utterly reliable - to the point where you don’t even question the answers that you get. In the early 1960’s they were big, heavy, noisy, smelly objects. They had unique interfaces and needed constant maintenance for reliability. Calculation was a visceral process that shook the entire table.

Mark Glusker gave a talk about his collection of mechanical calculating machines and what makes them so compelling: from their mechanical complexity to the unique interfaces, and industrial design. After the talk there was an orchestrated calculation performed simultaneously by 6 mechanical calculators and members of the audience.

Great Calculation Weekend from machine project on Vimeo.

Video: Maria Mortati & Mark Glusker

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