Old tech manuals

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Old tech manuals

[Pictured above, top to bottom: 1946 The Fleet Type Submarine manual, manual for the 1988 SR-71 Blackbird Environmental Control Systems, 1942 B-17F Flying Fortress Pilot Familiarization Manual]

We’re hard at work on the next issue of MAKE, Volume 17, which will have a special “Lost Knowledge” section. For that, I’ve been on the hunt for interesting lost and out-of-favor technologies and techno-artifacts. In this search, I stumbled on this Wired photo essay (also in the latest print issue) of “Classic Instruction Manuals.” I also discovered that someone has started an online Product Manual Archive. Let’s hope he keeps it up. There are only a handful of entries to date.

A Photo Essay of Classic Instruction Manuals
The Product Manual Archive

2 thoughts on “Old tech manuals

  1. Garrett says:

    Hi. I’m the owner of http://www.productmanualarchive.org. I’m looking forward to your latest Make issue.

    I’d like to invite others to send scanned images for the site to display. I will give full credit to the scanner operator, or owner, or emailer, or whatever seems to fit.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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