Links to other calculator related sites on the Web
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In no particular order, here are some great calculator websites!:
- A site associated with this one which gives details about the Bell Punch Company, its mechanical calculators and the fascinating story of the development of the Anita electronic calculator,
the world's first electronic desktop calculator, and subsequent developments is Bell Punch Company and the Anita Calculator.
- Rick Bensene's Old Calculators Web Museum has very comprehensive
reviews of a vast number of mainly vintage desk calculators, with many photographs.
- Katie Wassermann has a growing list of manuals for electronic calculators, which are downloadable in pdf format, at http://www.wass.net/manuals/.
- Peter Muckermann, well know as "typenkorb", has a very interesting calculator website with over 2000 excellent photographs, featuring many European market calculators, at www.eepcworld.de.
- The eBay auction websites always have many vintage calculators to bid on. Go to www.ebay.com and search on "calculator". You can also try the eBay sites in other countries, or choose "any country" on the Advanced Search page.
- Bletchley Park, at Bletchey, 35 miles north of London, England, has a website at http://www.bletchleypark.org.uk.
It has exhibits of WWII coding machines & code-breaking machines, old computers and military communications. A highlight is the reconstructed Colossus code-breaking computer of the 1940s.
The National Museum of Computing
at Bletchley Park has mechanical and early electronic calculators on display, and also early personal computers powered up which can be operated by visitors. It has its own website at http://www.tnmoc.org/.
- Frank Boehm's elektron.net site at www.elektron.net - Has many photographs, mainly of hand-held calculators.
- Rick Furr's "The Calculator Reference" includes fascinating pages about Curta at http://www.vcalc.net/cu.htm - Details of Curta calculators and links to more information.
- The Museum of HP Calculators at http://www.hpmuseum.org/ - Technical details and superb photographs of vintage Hewlett-Packard calculators. The history of calculators section is also excellent with simple descriptions of the operation of mechanical calculator mechanisms.
- Max Stone has a blog which has a lot of interesting information that he has discovered about Hewlett-Packard calculators.
- Andrew Davie's "must-see" page deals with Soviet calculators. He does a great job showing various models from different angles and adding
some insight to the calculators he has. He also has Kenton Green's landmark article on the history of Soviet calculators.
- Dejan Ristanovic's site at www.ti59.com enthuses over the Texas Instruments TI-59
programmable calcuator and tells you everything that you never knew about it. One is by and the other is by Sven Karkling at www.accessv.com/~sven/ti59/
- Joerg Woerner's site has an incredible amount of information and photographs on Texas Instruments calculators, and others - www.datamath.org
- There is an immense amount of information at the Encyclopaedia of Mechanical Calculators site at http://www.rechnerlexikon.de/wiki.phtml. The
site is in German with parallel translations into English, French, and Italian. Feb 10.
- Sinichiro Osaki's Pocket Calculator Museum at http://www.dentaku-museum.com/ gives fascinating information about early Japanese electronic calculators and their development, something we collectors/researchers have needed for quite a while. If you click on the "English Here" button the site is run through an automatic translator which, although not perfect, gets the main information across.
- Gene Wright's HP/TI site with pictures and lots of programs.
- Theo Lumens in Holland recently set up a very nice web site he calls his "Little Calculator Museum." It is definitely worth a visit for see his collection of calculator photos.
- Totalisator History a world's first -- The history of the invention of the worlds first automatic totalisator in 1913 and the company founded in 1917 to manufacture and export totalisator systems which became a monopoly in this field. If mechanical computing existed, this is an example of it on a commercial scale. This is a topic related to mechanical calculators. See the section titled "Mechanical aids to calculation".
- 30 years of Intel innovation including information on the 4004, one of the world's first microprocessors, which was designed for use in a calculator.
- Craig Finseth's awsome HP Database and various HP links.
- The eBay U.S. auction website at www.ebay.com always has many vintage calculators to bid on. Search on "calculator". You can also try the eBay sites in other countries, or choose "any country" on the Advanced Search page.
- Bruce Rogers has calculator photos on his site at http://www.brogers.addr.com/Web/ including HP and TI pics as well as some other pocket types. He has some pretty nice desktop models depicted also.
- The Computational Collection of the Instituts für Mathematik und Informatik Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald at http://www.uni-greifswald.de/~wwwmathe/RTS/node2.html.
This has details and photographs of many calculators and other calculating devices from around the world. Although in the German language much is easily understood by non-speakers and the photographs are very interesting.
- John Wolff's Web Museum features calculating machines and mechanical music. Of special interest are the sections on the Madas 20ATG mechanical calculator, which shows this machine, with automatic multiplication and division, stripped down to its individual mechanisms, and also for an Odhner machine. These illustrate the awesome array of precision components required in this sort of calculator.
- A site with historic information about the calculator chip manufacturer Mostek is MostekLives.
- Guillermo Castarés has a new calculator site with photographs of unusual Argentinian calculators. Although in Spanish it is easy to navigate and view the photographs - see it at http://www.calculators.com.ar/ .
- "The Friden Web Site: The Story of Carl Friden and His Company" by Frank Rauck has lots of interesting details about Karl Friden, the Friden Company, and Friden calculators.
- An interesting site with photographs of most (all ?) Commodore calculators can be found at http://www.emunova.net.
- Emil Dudek's Vintage Technology site at www.vintage-technology.info has interesting photographs and information about vintage calculators, and much, much more vintage technology.
- Hans Bloemen (aka "Flowercalc") has a vintage calculators website at www.calculatormuseum.nl. Especially interesting is his summary list of calculator companies and the
calculators they produced.
- Valéry Monnier has two very interesting websites with many excellent photographs and diagrams. www.arithmometre.org is devoted to the pioneering Thomas de Colmar mechanical arithmometers and www.ami19.org has a great deal of information about Arithmetical Machines and Instruments of the 19th century.
- If you think that LCD calculators are boring have a look at some of the strange models at The Classic LCD Calculator Museum, produced by Jay and Paul. Most of these
are calculators with other features.
- Nathan Zeldes has a website in a very readable "show and tell" style which features some very unusual items, at http://www.nzeldes.com/. See the History of Computing section for
calculators and computers.
- Guy Ball's Old Calcs site is now amalgamated with this site.
Guy also has a site dedicated to LED calculator watches and LED watches at http://www.ledwatches.net,
where there is lots of information about vintage 1970s LED watches, pictures and links.
- Kashif Hussain has a Vintage Watch site at http://www.vintagewatches.tk/ which also includes vintage calculators, and other old technology, for sale.
- Giorgio Cicerchia has on his site a section with photographs and details of mechanical and electronic calculators, and vintage technology, at http://web.tiscali.it/cicerchia/.
- Gerhard Kreuzer has a Computer Museum section on his site with photographs of some vintage calculators and PDP8 computer at www.tuko.at.
- A very interesting site about Soemtron electronic calculators, which were early electronic desktop models manufactured in the then East Germany (DDR), is at http://www.soemtron.org/index.html
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