Several times in this blog I’ve referenced an excellent pocket transit history site established by a gentleman by the name of William J. Hudson. His site was the resource for historical information on the development of the pocket transit, its many variations and changes down through the years. I considered it the best resource on pocket transits available anywhere on the web.
Unfortunately it looks like Mr. Hudson’s site went off-line well over a year ago. I first noticed it about six months ago while doing some research on a pocket transit I had just added to my collection. Over the last few months I’ve been contacted several times either directly or through this blog about Mr. Hudson’s site, asking if I knew when it might be available again. Since I don’t know Mr. Hudson and I’ve never communicated with him I had no way of contacting him to see when or even if he intended to reestablish his website. It seemed a great resource for those interested in pocket transits was gone from the web forever.
Well, things don’t really disappear from the web. They just get archived. I’m happy to report that I’ve stumbled upon an archive of the main page of Mr. Hudson’s site hidden away in a dark corner of the internet. Unfortunately none of the linked pages such as his serial number breakdown page were archived, so that resource appears lost. But the main page is still chock full of useful information about the pocket transit’s history, development and features.
I’ve linked to the internet archive for this page from the image below. When you open the page you’ll have the option to download the page and graphics as a zip file.
|Click here to access the site archive|
I’m glad to have access again to at least a portion of this great resource. Mr. Hudson, if you read this, can we have your site back please? Hundreds a couple of diehard pocket transit collectors really miss the information your site provided!