How Things Work

19 Jul 2005

Almost anyone who grew up in Britain will be familiar with Ladybird books - small, thin hardbacks that went from basic reading ("Dick has a ball. See the ball.") to fact-filled fun for older kids such as their "How Things Work" series ("What's this, grandad?" "It's like in a book." "What's a book?" etc...). Anyway, someone's gone to the trouble of scanning in the 1971 and 1979 editions of How Things Work... The Computer, and they're great. I particularly like the 1971 idea of "A small digital computer designed for the businessman" (top left).

This site is maintained by me, Rob Hague. The opinions here are my own, and not those of my employer or anyone else. You can mail me at, and I'm on Mastodon and robhague on Twitter. The site has a full-text RSS feed if you're so inclined.

Body text is set in Georgia or the nearest equivalent. Headings and other non-body text is set in Cooper Hewitt Light. The latter is © 2014 Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, and used under the SIL Open Font License.

All content © Rob Hague 2002-2024, except where otherwise noted.