Reported Missing


Keen-eyed readers of the PDF of the Huntrakun collection of the Bangkok Recorder may have noticed there are a few pages missing: pages 169 and 170 have been mistakenly replaced with copies of pages 461 and 462.


Chronology of Printing in Thailand


As a side-project, a chronology of printing in Thailand is being prepared. This outlines the key events and background information related to the development of printing in Thailand.

If any readers have any information related to this subject please do get in contact!

Digital Bangkok Recorder Facebook Page Created


A Digital Bangkok Recorder Facebook page has been created to help promote this project. Please send us a “like”.

Book Sharing


I’ve a selection of old Thai books at home – dictionaries, textbooks covering grammar, linguistics & etymology, plus various miscellaneous trinkets such as the official announcement of the appointment of Field Marshal Plaek Phibunsongkhram and his cabinet ministers, including Luang Wichitwathakan. I also have a few pieces of nationalist propaganda from around the time of World War 2. I’d like to share these books with a wider audience and have been thinking about how best to do so.


Plustek OpticBook 3600 Scanner Driver for OS X


Having bought a secondhand Plustek OpticBook 3600 scanner for a bargain price, I found Plustek had removed the Mac drivers from their website. I eventually found a copy of the .dmg file online and have uploaded it here in case it’s useful for anyone.

The driver gave an error while installing on OS X Yosemite (10.10.3), but after a reboot it worked ok from the Plustek OpticBook app.

Disclaimer: Use of this file is entirely at your own risk.

The Bangkok Recorder


Wikipedia introduces the The Bangkok Recorder as:

The Bangkok Recorder (Thai: หนังสือจดหมายเหตุ) was the first Thai-language newspaper, first published monthly, and later bi-weekly, in Bangkok, Siam between 1844–1845, and 1865-1867. It was written and published by Dr. Dan Beach Bradley, an American Christian missionary who spent 35 years in the country.

This blog aims to chronicle the digitisation of this valuable language and historical resource. Overall, there are 60 surviving editions of the newspaper and a facsimile collection was published in 1994 and this project will attempt to digitise this file.

The Bangkok Recorder (Full Collection) [PDF]
Sommai Huntrakun, collector.
Office of His Majesty’s Principal Private Secretary
Bangkok, 1994
ISBN 9748274446