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Publications about Slide Rules

 

Some Recommended Books (until 2012)

 

Peter Hopp:  Pocket Watch Slide Rules,
in English language,  2011.  
Printed and sold by Astragal Press, website: www.astragalpress.com

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From the back cover:
Peter Hopp needs no introduction to slide rule collectors throughout the world. 
His first book Slide Rules – their History, Models and Makers, published in 1999, 
has become the point of first reference for all slide rule collectors. 
This work was followed by a detailed study of joint slide rules in his book 
Joint Slide Rules – Sectors, 2-foot 2-fold and slide rules, published in 2009. 
Drawing on his years of slide rule collecting experience we now have Hopp’s 
latest extensively researched book Pocket-Watch Slide Rules. Starting with 
an analysis of the various types of pocket-watch slide rules, an historic 
review of the oldest types and patents, the book continues with a review of 
worldwide manufacture. A comprehensive survey of pocket-watch slide rules 
is given by ‘family’ sub-divided with relevant information including some 
unidentified examples and examples known to exist but as yet undiscovered. 
The latter part of the book deals with non-mathematical types of pocket-watch 
calculators and wrist-watch slide rules. Finally the book contains a list of known 
worldwide manufacturers and retailers and an appendix with operating 
instructions and hints on identifying makers of unmarked versions. In its 
non-technical style and logical layout, both the casual collector and the 
connoisseur will find information and delight in this book covering, as it does, 
aspects of design and construction from the earliest known examples to the 
demise of the slide rule in general use.

 

Georg Schreiber:  Koch, Huxhold & Hannemann: 
der Unbekannte Rechenhersteller aus Hamburg

in German language, 2011.  
Sold by the author: ge.schreib@t-online.de

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This book is about a rather unknown manufaturer of slide rules, 
Koch, Huxhold & Hanneman
- “der unbekannte Rechenstabhersteller”. 
Georg Schreiber is researcher, author and publisher of this work, 
which can be ordered for 41.- euro including shipping in Europe, or 47.- euro 
including shipping to the rest of the world, by contacting Georg at: ge.schreiber@t-online.de

The book contains exclusively new material (in German language, but with many illustrations), 
and will provide many of us with surprising new information. 
Some excerpts from a more extensive review of this book: 

…. KHH sold slide rules under their own name, but the vast majority of KHH products 
bear names of resellers. This fact makes the identification of the KHH root the more 
important. The book gives a number of clearly recognizable signs of origin, such as logos, 
the cross-section view, multiple slits in the well, and five (or sometimes less) screws in 
the lower edge for slide tension control. The most remarkable recognition mark however 
is the slightly smaller font of the number “23” compared to other numbers in the cm-scale 
on the bevelled edge….

.... Other resellers in Europe were Otto Schleiffelder in Austria, Emile Pfenninger & Co 
in Switzerland, Ahrend and OHICO in the Netherlands, Kahn Frères in Belgium, 
MDS London in the UK, and ….

…. The book further describes the standard types of slide rules produced by KHH: 
Mannheim, Rietz (Polyphase for the USA), elektro, commerce, school, and pocket 
models. But the “icing on the cake” consists of some 50 pages describing, with 
many clear pictures, special designs and constructions: System Cuntz (unique 
mathematical scales), Dr. Frank ….

 

 

Panagiotis Venetsianos, Pocketbook of the Gauge Marks, Second Edition
Published by Lulu, under the aegis of the Oughtred Society, 2011 

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 This second edition is a substantial extension of the first issue in 2006, see below.
 Its size has been increased from 68 to 147 pages, with numerous additions and 
 corrections.
 This new version can be ordered at www.lulu.com


 

 

 

Guus Craenen:  Rechenschieber im Wandel der Zeit, 1588-1918,
in German language, private publication, 2011.  
Sold by the author: guus.craenen@kpnmail.nl 

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This fourth book by Guus Craenen describes the history of the slide rule from 1588 to 1918, 
a more extended period than the era 1787-1905 in his third book.
It contains as new elements the forerunners of the slide rule in the 16th and 17th century: 
introductions to the invention of the logarithm, the Gunter rule, sector (proportional compasses), 
and reduction compasses - including a 20th century version by Weems & Plath for
time-speed-distance calculations. 
Many slide rules that we know from earlier books by Guus are treated again, often with new 
and better pictures, or with new information. New types are introduced: 
the  Polymeter van Stöckle (1843), the early loglog System Schweth by D&P (1900), 
the Faber-Castell 347 Stahlbau System Schweppe-Äbli, and the planimeter for 
measuring and calculating areas on drawings. As always in the books by Guus, 
many annexes are attached with sources, names, corrections in earlier books, patents, etc. 

 

 

Peter Hopp:  Joint Slide Rules,
in English language, private publication, 2009.  
Printed and sold by Jeremy Mills Publishing Limited, website: www.jeremymillspublishingco.uk

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Peter Hopp is the well-known author of one of the first modern books on Slide Rules: 
“Their History, Models and Makers”, in 1999. 
Now he has published a more specialised book on “joint slide rules”. 
The scope of this subject might be roughly summarised as “slide rules with at least one hinge”. 
Separate chapters explain the detailed workings of “Per Load” tables, Girt lines, “E and M”, Scamozzi lines. 
But the major part of the book is dedicated to a large number of actual specimens of joint rules, 
with many details on hinge construction, slide and scale design, makers and specific applications. 
More than 60 colour pictures give the extra information that text alone can not convey. 
A separate list of “joint slide rule” makers shows some 200 names. 

Peter Hopp’s new book can be ordered for £ 22.50 (plus shipping, e.g. £ 7.88 to USA). 

 

 

Peter Holland:    Rechenschieber (Slide Rules), A.W. Faber & A.W. Faber-Castell - 
                        Modell, Typen, Skalen (Models, Types, Scales)
in German (and English) language, private publication, 1st edition 2009.  
In March 2011 the 4th revised edition of this book was announced.
Some corrections have been made, and much new information has been added. 
The total number of pages has grown from 128 to 160.
For an overview of the additional subjects and chapters, see: 
http://www.peterholland.de/fc/Flyer4e.pdf

Price of the book is 15.00 euro, including handling and shipping to Europe and to rest of the world.
Sold by the author, send email for ordering to: PHolland@t-online.de 

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This neat little 128-page booklet is an “overview of all slide rules by Faber and Faber-Castell”. 
It could also be called a catalogue, and the structure is indeed organized as a tabular list of 
all Faber-Castell (F-C) slide rule types. Separate section versions are given in German and in English.  
In the tables, however, the language differences are indicated only for each matrix element where needed. 
Not only the slide rule tables are important to collectors. The book also incorporates very helpful tables on 
the structure of the seemingly haphazard F-C type numbering scheme, the German registration marks and patents by F-C, 
and dating methods by construction details, materials used, inscriptions, logos, etc. 
Of real practical use for the collector are the equivalence tables of slide rules having the same fit of cursor 
or the same type of case.

 

Klaus Kühn, Rodger Shepherd:  Calculating with Tones: The Logarithmic Logic of Music,
in English language, 2009.  
Printed and sold by The Oughtred Society, USA: www.oughtred.org

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From the introduction we read that this monograph addresses the following questions:
- How is a musical scale constructed?
- What was Pythagoras' contribution?
- How has the "monochord" helped?
- Difference between pure and tempered tuning?
- What is the Pythagoran comma?
- What is the Circle of Fifths?
- What is the Weber-Fechner Law?
and many other questions and issues about the relation between logarithms and music.

 

Guus Craenen:  Rechenschieber im Wandel der Zeit, 1787-1905
in German language, private publication, 2009.  
Sold by the author: guus.craenen@kpnmail.nl 

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The third book by Guus Craenen addresses the history of the slide rule from 1787 to 1905, 
emphasizing the developments around the system Mannheim and subsequent models by Dennert & Pape and Nestler; 
all from the perspective of the Industrial Revolution in the Europa of that age. This approach reacquaints the reader with 
subjects from the first two books by Guus. The newly added information and the ever increasing quality of the pictures make
 this new book valuable.  

 

 

 

IJzebrand Schuitema (Auth.), Otto van Poelje (Ed.):  The Schuitema Collection,
in English language, private publication, 2009.  
Printed and sold by Lulu.com, an internet "on-demand" printing and publishing provider.

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From the back cover:

The Schuitema Collection

Illustrated Catalogue of all slide rules and discs in the 
Schuitema Collection.
In December 2008, this private collection was donated by IJzebrand Schuitema to the 
Arithmeum museum in Bonn, Germany.
The book presents the Schuitema Collection at that moment, structured in 55 themes and 
displayed on 188 panels. Some 2700 panel objects are presented in pictures and text.

IJzebrand's donation of his collection to the Aritmeum has been reported in MIR49 articles.
This book on the Schuitema Collection is described in more detailed in the announcement in MIR 50, see here.
A preview is possible for the introduction and from three selected panels.
The book can be ordered in paperback or in hardcover binding.
Because a printed copy of the book with 400 colour pages is very expensive (between 73 and 95 euro depending 
on binding and shipping), there is also an option for a free download of the PDF file (about 400 MB size).
Ordering can be done at the website lulu.com in the BUY section, by searching for the keyword "schuitema".

The book is organized following themes and panels. To look where a specific brand name and model type can be 
found in the Schuitema Collection, please click at this alfabetical Index of Items.

 

Kring Historische Rekeninstrumenten, KRING Jubileum DVD, 1992 - 2007
in English language, private publication, April 2008 
for more information, see: README

31 oktober 1992, the Dutch Circle (KRING) was established at a meeting of slide rule collectors in Odijk, the Netherlands. 
In November of the same year, the first MIR was published. 
Our 15-year anniversary is celebrated by offering a Jubileum DVD to all KRING-members. This DVD was attached to MIR 47, April 2008. 

The purpose of this DVD is to show all publications of KRING-members in those past 15 years. The production  has been impressive. 
The printed material covers almost 1200 pages in the MIR's, and about as much pages in books published by KRING-members. 

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And then we have the material in pure digital form, like the pictures in the Slide Rule Catalogue and the Website of the KRING. 
All together the KRING Jubileum-DVD contains almost 10.000 pages text and pictures, condensed in 2½ Gigabytes digital.

With regard to the language of all this information, we turn out to be quite internationally oriented: the MIR’s contain mainly contributions in Dutch, but all IM Proceedings and almost all books written by KRING-members are available in English. Just one book, IJzebrand's first book: “2 x 3 ……  approximately 6”, can only be found on this DVD in Dutch (the English version is commercially available from Astragal Press in the USA).

In the "KRING Jubileum-DVD", the collected works of the  KRING has been made easily accessible for look-back or for further research in our field of interest. 
Moreover, this information is thus preserved for the future and disclosed for a larger public. 

Use of the DVD

The main folder of the DVD contains documents of the type Adobe Acrobat (PDF) or of the type HTML for usage by a browser (like MS Internet Explorer). This means those files are not limited to usage on MS Windows PC's only.
The PDF files use a separate window with direct clickeable index lines is (bookmarks), or alternately thumbnail pictures for each page. This allows fast and easy navigation in these PDF files.  

On a suitable MS Windows PC, the DVD will start automatically a menu on the browser, for even easier navigation. This menu can also be started manually by clicking door the file Menu.html.  
Usage of the menu required a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768 pixels.

The "KRING Jubileum DVD" is available for all collectors, at a price of 15,- euro,
including shipment anywhere in the world. For more information, email:   
ovpoelje@rekenlinialen.org

 

IJzebrand Schuitema, The Slide Rule as Hobby Theme,
Private publication, 2007

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IJzebrand Schuitema's third book - in Engelsh - recounts personal experiences during his more than 25 years of collecting slide rules. Every collector will recognize events and situations in this book, but also he will find ideas to initiate new activities in his collecting activities. 
The reader will become more closely acquainted with IJzebrand while reading his book. 
IJzebrand wants to put an example with his book, for other collectors to put their own experiences to print. 

Dit boek has been printed in limited numbers, for friends only. There will be no reprint because of high color printing costs.
However the book can be obtained in digital format as part of the  "KRING Jubileum DVD", is published April 2008, see description above.


Joseph L. Soper, K&E Salisbury Products Division Slide Rules,
Published by the Oughtred Society, 2007 (voor meer informatie klik hier)

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Joseph L. Soper joined K&E in 1966, training at the Hoboken facility and then moving to the Salisbury Products Plant in Lakeville, Connecticut. At Salisbury he progressed from Department Supervisor, to Plant General Foreman, to Production Manager, and then to Plant Manager, a total of twenty-nine years.
This book is a story told by Joe Soper just like he was sitting in your living room just talking to you. The story is packed with lots of human interest while telling many details of slide rule production at the Salisbury plant. There is something for everybody. How plastic slide rules were made by K&E is the main theme but along the way there are many details about how the scales were laid out, how the molding masters were made and many production details. The bizarre story about the Analon is finally told by someone that was there. 

The price of this book is 39,- US Dollar, excluding shipment costs.
For Europe, shipping is 12,- US Dollar for 1 or for 2 books, uninsured.


Panagiotis Venetsianos, Pocketbook of the Gauge Marks,
Published by the Oughtred Society, 2006 (voor meer informatie klik hier)

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This booklet was produced exclusively for Oughtred Society members. It was sent to all members with the second issue of the Journal of the Oughtred Society in 2006. It will also be sent to new members joining the Society, while the stock lasts. See http://www.oughtred.org/members.shtml
What is the difference between a slide rule and a table of physical & mathematical constants?
First the similarity: slide rules also have constants imprinted, the so-called “gauge marks”. Of the many differences, an outstanding one is that a constant on the slide rule is immediately available for use in a calculation. Unit conversion is one of the possible applications, but many other ingenious factors have been invented to ease specific calculations.
An individual slide rule may have a small number of constants – excepting specials like for instance the chemical rule bearing quite some elements from the Periodic System. However, many slide rules collectively make up a substantial book of constants. And that is exactly what Panagiotis Venetsianos has achieved over the more than 10 years that he is collecting gauge marks.
For collectors and connoisseurs alike, this booklet is a goldmine of information, to understand and appreciate the sometimes cryptic icons on their slide rules. The elegant design of cross-referencing tables for gauge mark names and their numerical values -with explanations- allows an easy answer to any question on the gauge marks. The Oughtred Society considered this work important enough to have this booklet produced in print for the members of the Society. Dutch Kring members may have seen a preliminary version of this text in MIR 29, October 2001.

 

 

Ted Hume, Bob Koppany (Ed.), The Oughtred Society Slide Rule Reference Manual,
Private publication, 2005 (for more information click here)

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A beautiful 100-page guide for the slide rule collector,
in a striking lay-out with full colours.
The book is written in English, and is lavishly adorned
with full pictures of both American and European slide rules.
History, principles, usage and many tips for the collector
of slide rules are exposed in clear language
with many examples.

The price of this book is 35,- US Dollar
for non-OS members, excluding shipment costs.
For Europe, shipping is 12,- US Dollar, uninsured

 

 

Nico Smallenburg (Kringlid), De LOGA Calculators,
Private publication, 2004

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Almost 200 pages about one brand, LOGA, plus a CD
with colour pictures of all known LOGA Calculators.
Backgrounds of the firm LOGA, the Dutch representative,
product survey of all LOGA calculating drums and discs,
patents, brake systems, manuals and maintenance
are treated extensively.

The book is written in Dutch, but the 17 page "English introduction" 
(plus 17 page "Deutsche Zusammenfassung") and the many pictures
make this book also worthwile for English and German readers.

The price of this book is 30,- EURO, excluding shipment costs.


Guus Craenen  (Kringlid), Albert Nestler - Innovation und Qualität Teil II,
"Zusammenarbeit mit anderen Herstellern und mit Erfindern",

Private publication, 2004

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This sequel to Part I provides new information on Nestler,
which was obtained recently, and treats in more detail the
cooperation between Nestler and other slide rule manufacturers,
both within and outside of Germany. Many slide rules, resulting
from such cooperations, are described extensively.
This richly illustrated book contains almost 100 pages to complete
the history of the Nestler firm .

The price of this book is 30,- EURO, excluding shipment costs.

 

 

Ir. IJ. Schuitema   (Kringlid),
The Slide Rule, Technical Cultural Heritage,
Private publication, 2003

 

TCH book cover.jpg (56709 bytes)                   This new book, in English, by IJzebrand Schuitema
                        addresses over 130 patents, mainly European,
                        and gives descriptions of more than 30 specialised
                        slide rules from his own collection.
                        With some 500  pictures, many of them in colour.
                        Also a CD-ROM is included with detailed pictures of all addressed
                        slide rules.
                        See the English-language review of this book in MIR34.
                                      The price of this book is 40,- EURO, excluding shipment costs.

 


Jo Donners (1937 - 2005), Mijnheer van Dalen Krijgt Antwoord,
Nederlandse versie
uitgegeven in eigen beheer, 2002
English (extended) version "The Fascinating Development of ARITHMETIC"
has been presented at IM2003, and is available from the author.

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A summary of the history and development of arithmetic from
the Egyptians into the 20th century, and the tools used.
The title refers to a Dutch memory aid used at school for
remembering the priority rules of calculation operators,
comparable to the "My Dear Aunt Sally" rule.
The book is written in a compact manner, with much information
on arithmetic in various civilisations  (Egypt, Mesopotamia,
Greece, Rome, Western Europe, India, Arabia, Chine, Japan,
the Maya’s and Inca’s), and about practical calculation tools
(calculating by fingers, exchequer tallies, Napier and Genaille
bones, logarithms, slide rules and mechanical instruments).
Highly recommended for the slide rule collector with a wider 
interest.
The price of this book is 22,- EURO, excluding shipment costs.

 

 

Guus Craenen  (Kringlid), Albert Nestler - Innovation und Qualität,
Private publication, 2001

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One of the best-known manufacturers in Germany, Nestler,
is the subject of study in this more specialised book.
Next to information on production and models, this book
also supplies some insight into the human interest of the
Nestler family, together with the context and circumstances
of that era.
The large number of figures (over 130) brings this book
really to life. The many  addenda provide extensive
reference material in lists and tables.

 

Ir. IJ. Schuitema (Kringlid) & Ir. H. van Herwijnen (1929-2004)  ,
Rekenen op liniaal en schijf,   "2 x 3 ...... ongeveer 6",   Een tijdsbeeld,
Private publication, 2000

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Addresses 11 Dutch slide rule designers and producers,
and some other slide rule models.
The information presented has been mainly acquired
by conversations and correspondence with the directly
involved persons or family. ("oral history"). 
Also some sections cover the collecting of slide rules,
and a CD-ROM has been added containing over 500
striking pictures of the slide rules that are addressed
in this book. 

This book has been issued in a Dutch, but also in an English
version:
Calculating on Slide Rule and Disc,  
"2 x 3 ...... approximately 6",  Portrait of an era

                          English version is available at  The Astragal Press:
                                          www.AstragalPress.com

 

 

 

 

Peter M. Hopp, SLIDE RULES - Their History, Models, and Makers,
The Astragal Press, 1999

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Comprehensive reference book with many tables on
models and makers world-wide. Includes unique
information about English instrument makers before
the 20th century.

 

 

 

Dieter von Jezierski, Rechenschieber - eine Dokumentation, 
Private publication, 1997

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Very readable and accomplished book covering a
broad range of the area. Especially recommended
for the starting collector, in German.

 

 

Dieter von Jezierski, Slide Rules, A Journey Through Three Centuries,
The Astragal Press, 2000

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English-language edition of above-mentioned book
from 1997, with many improvements and additions.  

 

 

 

 

W.J. Heijdeman, De Rekenliniaal,
N.V. Uitgevers-mij. "KOSMOS", Amsterdam, many reprints around 1940

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Many books with a more general description and
operating techniques have been published in addition
to the User Manuals bundled with the slide rules.
As example, this easy booklet was very popular at
the time in the Netherlands.

 

 

 

Florian Cajori, A History of the Logarithmic Slide Rule
originally published in 1910, Reprint by The Astragal Press, 1994

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This book set a standard at the time, with many details
from the early history of the slide rule, including a
wealth of source references.

 

 

 


Some other interesting books:

 

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in MIR 42

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Gazette 7, 2006
See contents
in MIR 43

Gazette 8, 2007
See contents
in MIR 46

Gazette 9, 2008
See contents
in MIR 50

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See review
in MIR 37

See review
in MIR 36

See contents

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Gazette 10, 2009
See Contents

Gazette 11, 2010
See Contents

Gazette 12, 2011
See Contents 

 

 

Proceedings "International Meetings of Slide Rule
Collectors"

Since 1995 an "International Meeting for Slide Rule Collectors" (IM) has been
organised every year in Europe. Proceedings documents have been issued
during each IM, documenting all presentations given.
(click here for an overview of all IM's in the past ).
The Dutch Circle has organised this Meeting already five times:


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           Proceedings  IM2007, Lelystad/Enkhuizen, 2007

 

 

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Internet NewsGroup "The International Slide Rule
Group"

Many slide rule collectors converse regularly on one of the Yahoo newsgroups: 

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sliderule/

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The subjects are many and diverse. To get information, as a guest of the ISRG  (International Slide Rule Group), of one's own area of interest, the reader should be prepared to filter through many messages and submit to typical internet "humour" 
Who joins the ISRG, can participate in the discussions and has access to a powerful search function into the archives, and to the very useful ISRG database with a lot of manuals and pictures.
The ISRG logo shown was designed by Larry Stewart.


Internet Auctions

Of all internet auctions, eBay is the largest source of slide rules:

US Slide Rules in the USA (typically 400 slide rules offered at any moment)

Rechenschieber in Germany.

UK Slide Rules in England

Rekenlinialen in the Netherlands.

In the Netherlands, slide rules are scarce on internet auctions

 

Slide Rule Catalogue & HERMAN's ARCHIVE

From the early 1990's Herman van Herwijnen, member of the Dutch Circle, has worked on his 
Slide Rule Catalogue project, with the aim to produce a book ("Blue Book") with descriptions of 
all slide rules known within the Dutch Circle. 
As the project progressed, the goal expanded into a computer based database with pictures in colour 
of each slide rule. In 2003 the Catalogue database contained more than 5000 slide rules with over 3000 pictures.
Since Herman van Herwijnen died in August 2004, the Catalogue has been frozen in its last version 5.3 
of September 2003. During 2005 - 2006 this consolidated version - with Diny van Herwijnen's approval - was 
split into a "TEXT Version" and a "LITE Version" with pictures (still available in this website below). 

In 2007 Rod Lovett, of the UK Slide Rule Circle, has given a new direction to Herman's Slide Rule Catalogue,
by creating a new online database, following the data structure of the Catalogue but using a new user interface
that had already proven its power in Rod's earlier databases.

In commemoration of Herman, Rod named his new database HERMAN's ARCHIVE.

2007:  "HERMAN's ARCHIVE" (living database by Rod Lovett)

After an experimental phase end 2006, Rod made his HERMAN's ARCHIVE database available to the public 
in 2007. With Diny van Herwijnen's approval, the database was initially filled with the contents of Herman's Slide Rule 
Catalogue, and - as an important new feature - the extension of the database with additional slide rule specimens was 
made possible. Usage of HERMAN's ARCHIVE is easy by a help page and by the design of the user interface, see pictures.

Click here to enter HERMAN's ARCHIVE

Click here to enter HERMAN's ARCHIVE



2005: 
"TEXT Version" (of the frozen Catalogue)


The F R E E   " T E X T   V E R S I O N "  of the frozen Catalogue of 2003 is available for downloading 
in the public domain.  This "TEXT Version" (without pictures) is derived from the original Catalogue.
The text table in Microsoft format allows the user to make a hard copy, or to use the electronic 
version on the screen of PC, or laptop, to look up (un)known slide rules or to administrate one's 
own collection in the reserved free space of the "Text Version".

Click to open in MS WORD the introduction to the "Text Version" and the first few pages of the table:
View first eight pages

Click to download the ZIP-compressed WORD file with the complete "Text Version" (0.5 MB):
Download WORD/ZIP file: srcatalog.zip

 

2006:  "LITE Version" (of the frozen Catalogue)

The F R E E   " L I T E   V E R S I O N "  of the frozen Catalogue of 2003 is available for viewing 
in the public domain. 
This "LITE Version" with 2400 pictures is derived from the "TEXT Version".

SLIDE RULE CATALOGUE  " L I T E " with PICTURES

This is the Link Table for the SR PICTURE CATALOGUE  "LITE", a selection from Herman van Herwijnen's 
SR Catalogue, containing some 2,400 slide rules and associated pictures. 
Every item Name in the Slide Rule Catalogue starts with its brand name, if available.
The Link Table elements give access to sub-lists, based on first letters of the slide rule Name, 
or of selected Brand Names. In each slide rule sub-list, the picture of a slide rule can be displayed 
by clicking on the Match number in the middle column.

A ALRO
Slide Discs & Charts (Holland)
ARISTO
(Germany)
ARTILLERY    A
(other)
B BARBOTHEU
(France)
BELOW
Cattle Fodder (Germany)
BLUNDELL
(England)
   B
(other)
C CARBIC
OTIS KING
Cylinders
(England)
CHINESE CONCISE
Slide Discs
(Japan)
COX &   STEVENS
Load Adjusters
(USA)
C
(other)
DE DENNERT
& PAPE
(Germany)
DIETZGEN
(USA)
DIWA
(Danmark)
ECOBRA
(Germany/DDR)

DE
(other)

FG FABER CASTELL
(Germany)
FELSENTHAL
Aviation
(USA)
FOWLER
Watch-type
Slide Rules
(England)
GRAPHOPLEX
(France)
FG
(other)
HI HARLING
(England)
ITAB
Slide Charts
(Germany)
IWA
Slide Rules & Charts
( Germany)
   HI
(other)
JK JEPPESEN
Flight Computers
(USA)
KENT
School Slide Rules (Japan)
KEUFFEL 
&  ESSER
(USA)
KLIX
Slide Charts
(Germany)
JK
(other)
L LOGA
Cylinders & Discs
(Switzerland)
LOGAREX
(Czechoslovakia)
LOGOMAT
Promotional Discs (Germany)
LONDON NAMEPLATE CO
Flight Computers (England)
L
(other)
M MARCANTONI
(Italy)
MATTHIJSSEN
Special Designs
(Holland)
MEISSNER
(Germany/DDR)
MORIN
(France)
M
(other)
NO NESTLER
(Germany)
NONAME OMARO
Cardboard Slide Charts (France)
   NO
(other)
PQ PERRYGRAF
Slide Charts
(USA)
  PHILIPS 
Slide Discs
( Holland)
PICKETT
(USA)
POST
(USA)
PQ
(other)
R REISS
(Germany/DDR)
RELAY
(Japan)
RIJNJA
(Holland)
RUSSIAN R
(other)
S SEEHASE
(Germany)
STAEDLER
(Germany)
SUN HEMMI
(Japan)
   S
(other)
T TAVERNIER GRAVET
(France)
TECNOSTYL
(Italy)
THORNTON
(England)
TRÖGER
Slide Discs
(Germany)
T
(other)

UVW
XYZ 

UNIQUE
(England)
UNIS
(France)
UTO
Slide Rules & Charts
(Danmark)
WOLTERS
NOORDHOFF
School Slide Rules
(Holland)
UVW 
XYZ
(other)

A Full List of all 2400 items can be accessed here in a separate window,  to allow a global search 
(by Menu: Edit-Find)  of any keyword in the Name, in case the first letters of a slide rule name is not known.
WARNING: this Full List of 2400 slide rules occupies 2 MBytes: so only advisable with broadband access.

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