It's hard to believe that Machines of Loving Grace has been polluting the Interweb for more than a decade. It's said that most enterprises shut down within five years--and I'm not even profitable!
I think it's an understatement to say that my knowledge of typewriters has increased dramatically since the other side of the 21st Century. When I started this all, I was just a fan of typewriters, someone who didn't know an escapement from a key lever. As my collection proliferated, so did the number of online typewriter resources. Whenever I went looking for information on a particular make or model and encountered a gap, I became determined to find the answer. The result is that I learned a heckuva lot more about typewriters than I ever thought I would.
I'd particularly like to thank Richard Polt. His was, sofar as anyone knows, the first typewriter-dedicated site on the Web. He also happened to be one of the first collectors I encountered, and he patiently suffered my novice questions while prodding my hobby along with encouragement. His inspiration and willingness to share his passion for typewriters is in large part why this site exists today.
Technology has advanced greatly in the last decade. When this site first began, digital cameras weren't unheard of, but they were extremely expensive, with a resolution below that of today's average mobile phone. The result was a text-only web site containing not one photo. The entire site consisted of a single page that took up only a tiny portion of a low-density floppy disk. It featured 12 typewriters.
Compare that to today's MoLG, folks. Nearly 200 typewriters, over twice as many high-resolution images, documented within two dozen pages and stored on a 500gb site. See the difference for yourself! Come with me on a trip back in time to 1999, to the original Machines of Loving Grace page.