Friday, August 21, 2009

Crypto Museum

Paul Reuvers and Marc Simons finally found the time to merge all their wonderful information and photos of cipher machines into a beautiful website. The Crypto Museum website is a refreshingly new site with lots of information on many cipher machines such as the well known German Enigma, various Hagelins, the Swiss Nema, the American M-209, KL-7 and SIGABA, but also less known machines. The Swedish Transvertex, the Gretacoder, several crypto devices from Philips, Siemens and many many more.

Don't forget to click the 'More Information' link on each item, which brings you to more detailed information and images. By clicking the numerous thumbnails that accompany each machine you can view hundreds of superb and very detailed photos they took of these marvels. But there's more!

They also collected information and took photos of spy radio sets, burst encoders and several direction finders. Some of these are true Cold War jewels. The site is still under construction, although the collection is quite impressive already. A Kits section, News section and a Shop are in the pipe-line. Paul and Marc are by the way the developers of the Enigma E, the electronic kit that works exactly like the real thing.

Good information on old crypto machines is rare, and good websites on these machines are hardly available (Jerry Proc is one of the few). The Crypto Museum website is therefore a unique initiative with an unmatched collection of high quality images. A true delight of the senses, molded into a well designed and synoptic website. I can only urge you to visit the Crypto Museum website. A must! The list of cipher machines is found on this page, but as I mentioned before, there's much more to discover. Now, go... go!

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