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12/11/2017 While the "big" project is slowly advances, here is a machine I've bought yesterday as a bit of a mystery. Discover with me what it really is ...

22/10/2017 Another weekend with another few free hours, so more calculators added to the site! Nothing too exciting I'm afraid - they are a Monroe L-160, an Everest Z4 and a Facit C1-13. I've been putting a lot of hours into a project lately that will hopefully be completed in a few weeks. It is one of the worst condition machines that has ever passed through the workshop, but I'm convinced I can get it working properly again, and it will have been worth it! Stay tuned ...

26/09/2017 Another machine was added to the early Brunsviga page, but a much more exciting addition to the website today is the Brunsviga G. To the best of my knowledge, this is the first and only machine of this type that has been found - if anyone knows of another one, please let me know!

10/09/2017 Last week, a machine arrived which I bought at auction in Sweden - it is a Multi-Divo, the export brand for Schuster's Berolina.

19/08/2017 As promised, I put the contents of my library online. There is a link in the left container which will take you there. I also added a story about John Napier.

14/08/2017 Back from holidays, I received an email from a Dutch fellow collector about short-crank Brunsviga N° 333 that he found. Hence I had to update the early Brunsviga page . I've copied the pictures from rechenmaschinen-illustrated that were only referred to earlier into this page now too, to make it a beter overview in chronological order. Enjoy!

I'm moving my workshop, which is always a bit more work than originally anticipated, so progress on a number of the ongoing projects has stalled for now. The next big change tot he website will probably be an inventory of my calculator-related library ...stay tuned!

08/07/2017 Final update before the summer holidays (not that you'd notice, when was the last time I wrote another update within two weeks ?) - I've added Odhner arithmometer Nr. 4739 to the page on the Odhner model A/Ag. I've also added the Vaucanson Modele D, and the Walther WSR110 and WSR160.

01/07/2017 The website I used to use for photo hosting changed its terms of usage, and now explicitly forbids third party hosting. This was apparently followed two days later by strict enforcement, resulting in all the pictures on this website being replaced by an advertisement saying "buy our 59 EUR/month third party hosting plan". Thus, I had to replace all the links to images on the site with links to their new location, and I finally decided to host the images myself. That means paying for more bandwidth and storage space, but it's not a ridiculously larger amount, like what photobucket (there, I wrote it now) charges. It's bad enough I had to bear their atrociously slow and advertisement-ridden interface for most of the evening to recover my images in a folder format that could be transferred without too much hassle - the interface makes me want to poke my finger through my eye into my brain after 2 minutes flat ("Oops! Something didn't click" - well, then fix it, morons, and make sure it doesn't happen again!). In addition their daily emails about "upgrading your account, since you are near the storage limit" that I've been getting for the past few months are really starting to annoy me as well. Not exactly the kind of reliable partner I'd trust with my images, and certainly not for this kind of extorionate amount of money. As right now, any links to any pictures that I ever posted on any website (forums, for example) have been irrevokably replaced with their advertisement, I can just as well abandon photobucket completely right now. I get the impression that that is what they wanted anyway, and I'll be happy to oblige. Now, rant over, back to working on getting all my images back up... if you find any lingering issues from this update, please let me know so I can fix them!

17/06/2017 Some more interesting stuff - I've added a page for the very beautiful early Burkhardt Modell A, as well as a video of some statistics calculations on the double Millionaire, as well as speed trials between the Millionaire and a TIM-Unitas

07/06/2017 Added an Addo-X to the list. Well, not a real Addo-X ... but something that looks like it.

01/06/2017 Well, the collectors' meeting in Cologne was rather fruitful this year - check back in the next two weeks for more pages on machines I bought. For now, I've just finished the restoration of a double carriage Millionaire. Updated the short crank Brunsviga register with a new machine.

06/05/2017 More Odhners to add - I bought a strange Odhner 6, which didn't really turn out to be an Odhner 6 after all.

16/04/2017 Another small addition - the light blue Odhner 7.

11/04/2017 I added a meeting report on the stories page, and decided to make a web version of the exhibition I staged there. It is a good place to start a leisurely stroll through a small part of the collection, and get a feel of the development of mechanical calculation.

26/03/2017 A restoration that has eaten up most of my time in the past months is finally more or less finished - the Marchant H9. I also added a page on a visit to Paris, to listen to Valéry Monnier and Yves Serra giving a talk on the history of the calculating machine, complete with demo.

15/01/2017 First post of the new year, and also an embarrassingly long pause since the last one. There are quite a number of projects right now, all very exciting, but unfortunately also all unfinished. In addition, my job is keeping me rather busy. But excuses, excuses - I have added my Lindström Records to the list and made a page for them, as well as added a new link to the duimometer by Diego Cueva.

31/08/2016 Added information and pictures of the Procenta at the Tekniska Museet in Stockholm to the Preciosa page.

04/08/2016 An update that is not an update in se, just a very exciting find brought to my attention by Martin Reese - the patent for the Brunsviga K! A short explanation has been added to the relevant page.

10/07/2016 I bought another early Brunsviga from Sweden, and go into the chronology of the patent decals for a bit here.

12/06/2016 Something else that came from the collectors' meet in Köln is this Mercedes-Euklid 16 which caused me some trouble to get into working order. I also obtained some quite rare Otis King cylindrical slide rules. They're not real mechanical calculators, but what the heck ... for the right price, they are for sale.

29/05/2016 The collectors' meeting in Köln was quite fruitful, and I have obtained what was described by the seller "a little Thales" - the DER/S. I also realized that an ebay find from November had not yet made it onto the site. This is my third Thales GEO, the somewhat later version with twin counter register.

06/05/2016 Added a page for the Tiger calculator, as well as a link to the stunning digital arithmometer.

07/04/2016 Finally another update! I have adapted the pages for the Thomas machines, have finally added pages for the short-crank Odhners too, and in addition have created pages for the Barret and Swift adders, as well as for the Olympia RT4. I also detail my repair of the Comptometer Super Totalizer. I hope the next update will be sooner!

23/01/2016 I added another machine to the list and made a page for it - a Spanish Famosa VAC.

18/01/2016 Happy New Year! I have added pictures to the page for the second Brunsviga MD I bought this summer.

04/12/2015 Following the publication of my article in Historische Bürowelt (Nr. 102, pp 3-5) on what may or may not be the Brunsviga K, the story is also added here under "Stories". Enjoy!

17/11/2015 Added a link to Robert Maøík's youtube channel, as well as his wonderfully practical ideas on how to make good use of the extra counter register in the Triumphator CB.

14/11/2015 I came back from the collector's meeting in Köln with a number of new machines. The first one is a Triumphator CB - the only one known in the world. The second one is a Marchant XL, and then there is a Thales MEZ. In addition, I added pictures of the second Thomas Arithmometer to the relevant page. There are a number of machines still to come, I have already added them to the list where possible.

19/10/2015 Long ago, I promised on the page for the Monroe G, to scan the manual I bought for it. I finally got around to it. Here it is.

11/10/2015 Another cute little addition, that isn't really a four-function calculator - "The Adder".

19/09/2015 Well, that has been a while - unfortunately, I've been swamped with work, so this is probably the first weekend in months where I could find a little time for myself. I made a new page for a Lipsia 11R, with the original manual. Also, through a stupid coincidence, believe it or not, I've found and bought yet another Thomas Arithmometer. More on this machine soon.

10/07/2015 A long time ambition has been fulfilled - I am now the proud owner of a Thomas Arithmometer. I have also added a page about the very cute Triumphator K2.

04/06/2015 Added another new machine to the list and made a page for it - a Mercedes-Euklid 29. Also slightly updated the page for the Mercedes-Euklid Mod. 1.

01/06/2015 Added a new machine to the list and the early Triumphator page. Some machines, including the other large early Triumphator, were sold at the collector's meeting in Köln, others had not yet made it onto the list anyway.

10/05/2015 Added a link on the main page of the site to a new page for the temporary exposition in the Arithmeum in Bonn.

01/05/2015 Added a new machine to the list and the Triumphator D page, and added a page for the Monroe G.

16/04/2015 Updated the page for the Rheinmetall machine, which has been cleaned, repaired and restored. Also added a link to the page of Gonzalo Martin.

03/04/2015 I have updated the links page, removing links that no longer worked, updating where necessary, and adding three very cool links at the bottom to models of Chebyshev's calculator and Babbage's difference engine - all built with toy components (Fisher Technik, Lego, Meccano ...)! Also, I've updated the main page, which hadn't been changed for three years, and being all text was not that attractive.

31/03/2015 Some small changes in the list - I've sold the Brunsviga Nova III, and acquired a Walther SMKZ and a Zagreb calculator (now I can finally say the collection is "from Alpina to Zagreb"... ba-dum tissssh). I've also been tinkering with a Rheinmetall calculator with an extra totalizer. With the Thales CES, the Walther SMKZ and this machine, it seems all my latest acquisitions have an extra memory! Due to an attentive reader, I've also corrected the page on the Lipsia 7, which is actually a model 7, and not a model 8 as was first mentioned.

23/03/2015 And yet another update in the Thales CES restoration - which is now finished.

17/03/2015 Another update in the slow restoration of the Thales CES. The top covers have been painted.

14/03/2015 I simply had to do an update today, as it is pi day - in American date format, today is 3/14/15, so at 9.26.53.58h was a very special time! I have added some progress to the restoration of the Thales CES, and added pictures of the Adix that I recently decided to refurbish as well. And now I will have some celebratory pi !

08/03/2015 I decided to add a story on how the machines fit into the house, and how they are displayed. If you want to see what the collection looks like, go here.

28/02/2015 Two new machines join the fold- I bought a Comptometer SuperTotalizer (no page for that yet), just because it is rare, and another machine has been added to the list, although it will still need a bit of repair work done to it. This is a Thales CES - the special model with the extra memory at the bottom for continuous calculation as well as having a grand total separately from the partial sums. Also quite rare, I'd think!

22/02/2015 Well, that was "interesting" ... if anyone has come here wondering what happened to the ebay auction for the Alpina I had for sale - the answer is that it was stopped by ebay, because the brand name "Curta" was in the auction title, and this could possibly irritate people looking for a Curta. I'm sure the 70 members watching the auction and bidding on it will now not be irritated at all because this 7 day auction just disappeared without a trace, 12 hours before it would end. I'd suggest you try ending your own auction 12 hours before its end (say, because you've received a better offer outside of ebay) and watch them throw a tantrum about that ... Great call, ebay. So - I have changed my mind, and sold the machine to an interested party outside of ebay. If they can sabotage me, they ought not to earn any money on my sales either. With apologies to the bidders and watchers. Also, while we're complaining about ebay ebay anyway, have a try to inform them of the umpteenth scam using recycled photo's of a Payen arithmometer being sold far below the normal price, while it is clearly not the seller's to sell. They will simply not allow one to flag an auction as fraudulent - unless the copyright for the pictures used is your own. How that is a sound business model is somewhat beyond me. They actually promote their customers being scammed ? Anyway, rant mode off, back to our regularly scheduled calculator talk.

16/02/2015 I have put some machines surplus to requirements up on ebay. There is a Curta, an Alpina, a Triumphator VII and an Odhner Lusid. Happy bidding!

13/02/2015 Another new acquisition has joined the collection - a later example of an Odhner Arithmos TYP5 ... but the condition is just awe-inspiring.

06/02/2015 As promised yesterday, pages added for the Triumphator D, and the grievously forgotten Triumphator C, as well as the Brunsviga 13P.

05/02/2015 Some new purchases in the last few days. I have added a page for the Richmond. I also bought a Triumphator D, and to my dismay discovered that my Triumphator C wasn't in the list, nor had its own page, yet. I did have a picture up as a size comparison with the Triumphator I . I also bought a Brunsviga 13P. I hope to be able to feature these last few machines soon.

23/12/2014 I have added a few pictures to the MADAS IX MAXIMA page, because I made a new clearing knob for it, and am showing you how.

22/11/2014 Well, with the advent of the weekend, I've worked all day not only to post pictures of all the machines in the list of 2 days ago, but also to actually complete the list of machines - every machine now has a picture page, with the exception of machines that have been sold before they were photographed, and the two other Marchant Twinplexes, because they are not in a state fit for photography right now. Pictures of those will be posted in due time. For now, the site is ...finished - until my next purchase! That only took 3 years and 8 months! What has been added is: Brunsviga C, surprising Dactyle, Odhner 18, Schubert E, MADAS IX MAXIMA, Triumphator VII, Triumphator CN, Triumphator CN1, Brunsviga B, Facit Standard, Marchant XLA, Kling Kasse, MADAS BTG, Marchant EEG9, Olympia RA16, Thales GEO, Brunsviga Nova 13, Rokli 6R, MONOS and the Multo-ADDO.

20/11/2014 I've been a bit negligent I'm afraid, and haven't been updating the site as I had promised to do. This is a very frustrating update for the reader, because I have only added machines to the list, without adding machine pages or pictures. Still, I hope this will serve as a catalyst for adding them soon. Machines added are the Brunsviga C, the latest Dactyle, which is a bit special, yet another (late) Marchant Twinplex, a new Odhner 18, a factory-new Schubert E, a MADAS IX MAXIMA, a Triumphator VII, and an early Brunsviga B. Machines that have been sold are an Odhner 18, a Brunsviga B, and the Kuhrt AB2, which was a bit of a mistake to sell, because I've since found out that only 26 machines have been built - damn! More on all of this, hopefully soon ...

18/10/2014 Added a Pascal machine to the list (a Vaucanson in disguise), as well as a second Odhner LuSiD.

12/10/2014 Well, this has been a very active weekend - I think this is the largest update I've ever done, with 18 machines added. The finish line is in sight, and I'm now starting to make pictures of the last unphotographed machines in my collection. I've added pages for IMCA, Muldivo AER, Melitta VII, Monos, Original Odhner 33, M.J. Rooy, Walther EMKD, Comptometer M, another Alpina, Vaucanson AVA13, Brunsviga MJ and MJR, Original Odhner 239, Original Odhner 6, Facit 7, Facit T and finally the Hannovera CK. I've added a Multifix EIR to the list too.

22/09/2014 I forgot that I made a page for the Hamann-Manus C2 machine in July - I've just added it to the site.

19/09/2014 Added pages for the Thales CE and the Peerless IIa.

13/09/2014 Added a few new machines to the list (Multo, Odhner Lusid, Peerless, Thales CE - it has been a busy month!) and created pictures pages for two more, a Tate's arithmometer and a very early Fuller's spiral slide rule.

22/07/2014 Added pictures of all the Monroe machines to the list, the model F, model K, model K for pre-decimal English currency, and also a page for the Corona full-keyboard adding machine. Oh, and the Brunsviga A!

20/07/2014 Added pictures for the Mira Visier, Brunsviga Nova I, Rema I, Hamann-Manus C, and the Alpina N° 6617. Added a Monroe F (!) to the list.

10/07/2014 Added picture pages for the DEMOS III, Hannovera A, Triumphator machines and the Lipsia 1.

29/06/2014 More catch-up done - I unearthed and dusted off part of the collection still stuck in the attic, and added pages on the Brunsviga B, Brunsviga MIII, Brunsviga MR, Esacta, Marchant Pony B, Rapid calculator, Rema II, Muldivo M, and Original Odhners N° 31 and 24. Slowly but surely, we're getting there!

28/06/2014 Catch-up time! Added an Archimedes Junior page, a page for the IRIS and the Original Odhner 127, and another Dactyle to the list. Added pictures of the Odhner's Arithmometers to the relevant page, added some more family pictures of the Brunsviga J's. Also, I placed an electronic copy of my Brunsviga N°633 article on the website.

02/05/2014 Another new page - for another Dactyle.

27/04/2014 A new page for the Odhner 18 and 20 models.

22/04/2014 Added some information about a funny carriage to the Brunsviga J page.

28/03/2014 Added a page on the MADAS VII T.

23/03/2014 Added a page on the Brunsviga J.

17/03/2014 Added an online version of my article on the identity of Brunsviga N° 633, added a Brunsviga MJR to the list, as well as a "mystery" Brunsviga you'll hear more about later.

09/03/2014 Added the full-size Mira 3 to the page on the Mira 3 Junior, and added the Arithmos 1 to the Arithmos 5 page. Updated the list accordingly.

02/02/2014 First update for 2014 - an Odhner 32 was added to the list. January has been the month with the largest number of unique visitors and visits ever. The puzzling thing about that is that a large part of the visitors originate from obscure Russian websites which apparently link through en masse to my page on the Lipsia 8. I don't really understand the economics of that. If anyone web-savvy enough to understand how they make money from this could explain, I would be most grateful.

31/12/2013 Last update for 2013 - an Odhner 35 was added to the list, with picture page. Also updated - added the manual for the Bohn Contex 10.

26/12/2013 Belatedly added the Bohn Contex 10 to the list, with a picture page.

15/12/2013 Updated the list and the page on the Kuhrt with a new machine.

07/12/2013 Added a very elaborate story on the history, restoration and operation of the Sanders calculating machine.

06/12/2013 An article of mine was published this month in Historische Bürowelt N° 94. It is titled "Brunsviga N°633 - eine Dekonstruktion". This periodical is part of a subscription to the International Forum for the Historical Office World - www.ifhb.de. I owe many thanks to Valéry Monnier and dr. Jasmin Ramm-Ernst for input, and to Jasmin also for the translation into German. The article more or less conclusively proves that short-crank Brunsviga N°633 never was a Brunsviga in the first place, but is an early Odhner's Arithmometer, constructed in 1891 and sent as a sample to Grimme, Natalis & Co when they obtained the manufacturing license for Europe. An English translation is provided in the members' area of the ifhb.de website, so I would recommend you to become a member!

23/11/2013 Added a link to www.madas.ch and updated the list with machines sold and bought.

03/11/2013 Added a story about the restoration of a Marchant Twinplex double machine. October has been the most succesful month of the year so far, with over 500 unique visitors to the website. The Kuli sale, which was posted on CALCList, may have something to do with that. It did not sell though. If you want to make an offer, feel free - it will go on ebay shortly.

26/10/2013 Added a page for the Original Odhner Arithmos typ 5. Some machines now on ebay - look for seller cris-stenella .

23/10/2013 Added another early Brunsviga (N° 302) to the list, unfortunately without pictures. The Kuli is now for sale - make me an offer!

24/09/2013 Added more pictures on the MADAS VIIet page, added the Remington Rand R51 page, and added an Original Odhner 20 and Muldivo AER to the list.

14/09/2013 Added the Adix and Kuli page.

11/09/2013 Added a page about casting keys for a new acquisition, a MADAS VIIeT.

17/07/2013 Another early Brunsviga was found - see the list at the early Brunsviga page.

29/06/2013 Added a page for the Jion B's.

27/06/2013 Added the Triumphator P Duplex page.

05/06/2013 Added notes about packaging calculators when shipping them. Also added an Original Odhner 13 and a Walther RMK to the list.

26/05/2013 Added entries for the Multi-Divo and the Brunsviga M24. Made very small changes to the list of short-crank Brunsvigas, with regard to the presence of the "A" behind serial N°s 202, 214 and 224.

05/04/2013 Added a story about the Preciosa calculator.

26/03/2013 It has been a while, but a lot of picture pages have been put up and machines added - check the list for Brunsviga A, B, D13Z/18, Triplexes, Midgets, MII, Nova III, and also some Odhners (A and AVKD), Mira 3, and Marchant Standard.

20/01/2013 Added pages to the list for the TIM and UNITAS machines and the Odhner 25.

19/01/2013 Added Brunsviga N° 225 to the early Brunsviga page.

30/12/2012 As a final addition for 2012, I have added pictures of the Lipsia machines, Vaucanson A.V.A.20, the Triumphator H2, the Britannics, and the Brunsviga 10 and MH. I also fixed some of the Brunsviga expo room pictures, which turned up missing somehow. Added a link to the Computarium. December 2012 has been my top month in terms of visitors and pageviews since I started the site. Happy 2013 everyone!

13/11/2012 Added pictures of the Odhner 16, Mercedes-Euklid and Marchant XL

11/11/2012 Added a page for the Odhner 135, and adapted the coordinate transformation page with its use.

30/10/2012 Added Brunsviga N° 291 to the early Brunsviga page.

19/10/2012 Still dusting off machines, but added a Brunsviga Midget and Odhner LUSID to the list, and added a story about Turing's double Britannic.

21/07/2012 I'm dusting off machines, and taking pictures at the same time. Added pictures of Antares, Archimedes D, Brunsviga B, Brunsviga ZK, Brunsviga MD, Brunsviga MB, Cosmos, Dactyle A and Dactyle B.

28/06/2012 Finally, it is time to start adding new things to the website - I haven't moved and cleaned the rest of the collection yet, but I have access to some of the new arrivals, so I have added the Odhner LUSID page, and an Odhner 6 to the list.

24/06/2012 A hard weekend's work put all the picture links straight again. Please let me know if you find any that might have escaped and are still broken.

22/06/2012 It finally had to happen - on checking the site today, all the pictures were gone. I do not host the pictures on my own server due to bandwidth issues, but this means that I now have to change all the links, on every single page of the website, in addition to uploading all the pictures to another server, and figuring out what went where exactly. So please bear with me as the site slowly recovers ...

14/03/2012 On pi-day (3/14), time to add some of the recent acquisitions to the list, while the infernal rebuild of the house goes on. Perhaps two more months. There are an Odhner 16, new Thales GEO, Brunsviga Nova I, an Archimedes D and another Alpina. Pictures after the furniture is back and all the dust is gone ...

29/02/2012 Two more early Brunsvigas surfaced, and were added to the early Brunsviga page, together with some more information.

15/01/2012 Happy New Year! Reorganised the "stories" part of the site, made the link to the Baldwin prototype explicit, and added a story about a Brunsviga MH that is doing rather poorly.

17/12/2011 Added more information and pictures to the early Brunsviga page.

12/11/2011 Added some information (and pictures) to the early Brunsviga page.

4/11/2011 The infernal house rebuild drags on - I have added a link to curta.li, and added a Marchant XL and an Odhner A to the list. No more pictures, unfortunately - everything is covered in dust.

31/08/2011 It seems there is not much happening anymore here, and in fact, that is indeed the case - I am very much short on time, with the house rebuild which is moving along at a glacial but steady pace, and the picture server going belly-up, so I will have to find a new spot to host the pictures within a relatively short time. If there are any more changes, it will be that first.

20/06/2011 Added Kees Nagtegaal's site to the links section

15/06/2011 Linked through to the BRUNSVIGA Expo of the BLM, which was digitised in a separate section of the site.

10/06/2011 Added a page for the Kuhrt machine to the list, and added a few links, to Wilfried Denz' and Georgi Dalakov's sites. Stay tuned for the "surprise project", which is currently in the proofreading stage.

31/05/2011 Added a link to Reinhold Rehbein's website. Added Dactyle A, Facit T to the list, scratched one Hannovera AK that has been sold. In case you are wondering why nothing seems to be happening, I am working on a big "surprise project", which will nearly double the current size of the website ... check back in a week or two!

11/05/2011 Added a picture to the early Brunsviga page, and updated the links page with Mark Glusker's site.

20/04/2011 Added pictures of HL-21, Feliks M, Brunsviga A and Château to the list.

19/04/2011 Added pictures of the keyboard XxX to list. Dug up and added the serial numbers of the Marchant electric, the Feliks M and the Nippon HL-21.

04/04/2011 Started an experiment with an external image host to decrease download volume ... hopefully you shouldn't notice! Added Friedel Schmitt's page to the links section.

29/03/2011 Updated the page on early Brunsvigas (click through to it at the start of the Brunsviga B story) with more machines.

27/03/2011 Added Orga, Marbel Blood Cell Calculator and Brunsviga D13R1 to list, Thales CER/D to the stories.

26/03/2011 Added link to Eduardo Guillem's site. Updated all 30 pages with the "What's new" link to this page. Removed erratic counter from front page, and inserted a flag counter. That ought to be fun!

23/03/2011 Added pictures of the Calcorex machines, Thales A (also a story), Archimedes C, Austria IV and Alpina to the list. Added this "What's new" page to the main page menu, as it is a very handy feature for returning visitors.

22/03/2011 Added story about coordinate rotation with double calculators and the Brunsviga 183

21/03/2011 Added Multifix pictures, and a Multifix manual to the list.

20/03/2011 Added stories about the naughty Thales GEO, the 1877 Odhners, and the Baldwin Patent Model (at the bottom of the Odhner article)

15/03/2011 Added the Remington Rand and Schubert pictures, as well as a lot of serial numbers to the list.

10/03/2011 Added story about early Curtas, and the Curta picture page (inside the early Curtas story)

09/03/2011 Site is up, with stories about MADAS, Millionnaire, Brunsviga 183, Brunsviga Mod. 1, and Bunzel-Delton. Also the article on The Brunsviga PJ16.