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Thoughts on European Typewriter Site

In the most recent issue of ETCetera, Richard Polt was quite lucky to be able to interview Tilman Elster, a native of Germany who I consider to be my friend, and with whom I've worked on a number of projects over time.  The largest and most ambitious by far is that which he, myself, and Thomas Fuertig all collaborated on and which is called the European Typewriter Project.  The goal of this project was (or should I say, "is" since it's still up and running) to unlock certain machines and even whole brands from their native Europe, and present them on the internet in English so that the vast majority of the world could see and become at least slightly familiar with these machines.

In the interview, Tilman expressed some regret, it would seem, that the project has not received better press, or been the subject of more comment.  I think that this is one of those things where you really don't know what's going to happen until you do it, but you DO do it because you know eventually that it will be appreciated for what it is.  And what is it?  It's really very simply the ONLY website of its kind.  There's nothing else like it.  Its contribution, its impact, can only be judged with time.  The page hit counters tell me that it is being viewed, although not as much as I'd like and I'm going to take some steps to get the knowledge of the site "out there" a little better.  Oh, well.. you can lead a horse to water....

Maybe on second, or third thought, I'm a bit disappointed too.  But hey, when I started the portable typewriter websites people thought I was a nut and didn't look at them either..... and where is all that now?  Perhaps in the case of the European Typewriter Project only more time will tell.

2006-06-30 01:16:21 GMT