Casio Memory-8R Handheld Electronic Calculator - Model Y-811

Description
This handheld electronic calculator represents a further improvement on Casio's early handheld calculators. As on the Casio Mini, the display is to the left of the keyboard. The keyboard has an array of ten digit keys, a decimal point key, a total key, and four keys for arithmetic functions that are to the right of the digit keys. Left of the digit keys is a column with a memory key, a percentage key, a C (clear entry) key, and an AC (all clear) key.
The on/off switch is below the eight-digit fluorescent display. A mark below this switch reads: CASIO memory-8R. A socket for a power adapter is at the top.
A mark on the back of the calculator reads: CASIO memory-8R (/) BATTERY SUPPLY 1.5Vx2 (/) or use AC ADAPTOR AD-2S (/) 0.2W (/) Y-811 MADE IN JAPAN (/) BM CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD. A compartment that holds two batteries is above this. A sticker inside the compartment reads: 4504646.
This example has a black plastic sleeve that served as a carrying case. A mark on it reads: MADE IN JAPAN. A mark on the other side reads: CASIO.
An October 1975 advertisement for several Casio calculators with memory asked: “When you’ve got a Casio Memory, who needs an elephant?" It indicated that the suggested retail price of this model was then $14.85. Further advertisements appeared in 1976.
References:
Chicago Tribune, October 21, 1975, p. B3.
Chicago Tribune January 8, 1976, p. C6.
Los Angeles Times, July 30, 1976, p. E8.
Vintage Technology website.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1975-1976
maker
Casio Computer Company
place made
Japan
Physical Description
plastic (case; display cover; carrying case; keys material)
metal (trim; circuitry material)
paper (sticker material)
Measurements
overall: 3/4 in x 5 3/4 in x 2 3/4 in; 1.905 cm x 14.605 cm x 6.985 cm
ID Number
1986.0988.211
catalog number
1986.0988.211
accession number
1986.0988
Credit Line
Gift of John B. Priser
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Medicine and Science: Computers
Handheld Electronic Calculators
Computers & Business Machines
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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