The Calculating Machines (Die Rechenmaschinen)
Nearly every mechanical calculator to 1925 is extensively reviewed with drawings and diagrams.
Die Rechenmaschinen und Ihre Entwicklungsgeschichte
Nearly every mechanical calculator to 1925, with additions to 1937, is extensively reviewed with drawings and diagrams in a reprint of the original book in German, as translated above.
Superb, profusely illustrated book featuring 500 colour photographs of calculating devices, especially American mechanical calculators, though there are also a few electronic calculators and slide rules:
The World's Only Guide to Early Pocket Calculators
"The Collector's Guide to Pocket Calculators" by Guy Ball and Bruce Flamm is available!
This 204 page, softcover book is the only comprehensive guide book in the world relating to early electronic portable calculators. It contains a detailed listing of over 1,500 known portable/pocket calculators from over 240 manufacturers in 17 countries around the world who made calculators during the late 1960's and early 1970's (the Golden Age of Electronic Calculators). The book contains historical information from the dynamic beginning and growth period of electronic calculators. The book also includes a variety of ads from the 1970s and also a small section on modern "novelty" calculators.
The authors spent 3 years working on this book. They found and included calculators from lesser-known companies in England, Switzerland, Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Bulgaria, and Russia. In addition, the book features over 470 photographs of various models
"The Collector's Guide to Pocket Calculators" also includes a comprehensive "pricing" guide to help you gauge rarity and desirability of the various models -- especially as they relate to each other.
The book can be purchased for a special discount rate of $20.00 plus $4 for USA priority mailing. For buyers in countries other than the USA, please send $6 for first class mailing to Canada and Mexico, or $9 for airmail to all
other countries. California residents please add $1.80 state sales tax.
Send a check to: Wilson/Barnett Publishing; P.O. Box 345; Tustin, CA 92781-0345; USA. For more information, contact Guy Ball at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We now accept PayPal, so you can pay with your credit card through them.
Autographed copies available. Just ask for one. (If you want something other than just the authors' signatures on it, let us know.)
Alternative Places to Buy the Book
"Collector's Guide to Pocket Calculators" is also available through Amazon.com's book store at www.amazon.com (if outside the U.S.A. try your local Amazon site first). The book takes about 3 weeks to work through their system.
The third edition of Wlodek Mier-Jedrzejowicz's "A Guide to HP Handheld Calculators and Computers" has been published and is available for sale.
This is the premier information source for HP calculators. The author is Wlodek Mier-jedrzejowicz, long considered THE source of information on HPs.
This is his 5th edition and includes improvements such as the addition of some new reference text on existing models, information on the newest HP model, black and white photos of various HP calculators, and corrections and slight modifications to the existing text. A section on restoration has been added and the "sources of additional information" section has been enlarged.
The printing of the book is a bit different, designed to be easier to use and to read. The font size of the text has been increased and the page count has increased accordingly (now 224 pages). A spiral binding is used to bind the book, allowing it to stay flat when open. The color copies of the photos in the book were also improved and their resolution increased.
Further details and ordering information are available at http://www.hpcalculatorguide.com/.
Alternative Places to Buy the Book
"A Guide to HP Handheld Calculators and Computers" is also available through Amazon.com's book store at www.amazon.com (if outside the U.S.A. try your local Amazon site first). The book takes about 3 weeks to work through their system.
"Commodore: a company on the edge" by Brian Bagnall, published in 2010 by Variant Press, includes some information about the calculators in this history of Commodore, concentrating on the the iconic personal computers.
"The Sinclair Story", by Rodney Dale, published in 1985 by Duckworth, has a chapter on the Sinclair hand-held calculators in this history of the Sinclair companies and their innovative electronic devices and personal computers.
"Riding the Runaway Horse: The Rise and Decline of Wang Laboratories" by Charles C. Kenney, published in 1992 by Little, Brown and Company, tells the fascinating history of electronic calculator pioneer Wang Laboratories.
A definitive history, with many high quality colour illustrations, of the H. W. Egli company and its development of the highly successful Millionaire direct-multiplication mechanical calculators and MADAS (Multiplication, Automatic Division, Addition, and Subtraction) mechanical calculators. By Gérald Saudan, published in 2017, ISBN 978-2-8399-2175-6.
Purchase information for the book can be found at Gérald Saudan's site about The Millionaire and MADAS mechanical calculators at http://www.madas.ch/
Calculators are often mentioned and illustrated in books on the history of computing. A heavyweight, profusely illustrated book is -
A lightweight introduction is -
Illustrating the development of calculators and computers and the uses made of these early machines, and full of photographs, is -
For calculator operating and maintenance manuals have a look in the F.A.Q. page.
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