My name is John Scriven. I live in Reading, Berkshire (UK), and have been collecting calculators and adding machines for a while. My background is in science. My first memory of mechanical calculators was at school when I was about 9 (in 1970), where we had three calculators. Judging from memory, I’m guessing that they must have been Original-Odhner 1049s. It’s a shame that I’ll never know for certain. Of course, by the time I was 12, the machines were obsolete.
I wish to give thanks to the internet, and eBay in particular. But mostly, I give thanks to Jane for putting up with me and my obsessions.
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I also collect mechanical analytical balances, but that’s another story!