I'm with Tony on keeping old data books. In our
shop we service
While it's great being able to get data sheets on the web, I do find the
paper data books much easier to use at the workbench. And there are
plenty of data sheets that are not on the web (or at least which I can't
everything coin operated from around 1900 and later. I
have tube and
thyrotron books from the 1930s through 60s, catalogs on magnetic memory
cores (used in Seeburg jukeboxes in the mid-50s through mid 70s), early
transistor books (late 50s), then digital logic books starting with RTL
and early TTL (eg. TI - Designing with TLL ICs - 1971)...
I know I have at least one (valve) databook which includes comments of
the form 'This device may be unobtainable due to the current situation'
(or something like that). The book is dated 1941....