Teal 806 Handheld Electronic Calculator

Description
This handheld electronic calculator has a metal and plastic case with an array of twenty rectangular plastic keys with rounded corners. These include ten digit keys, a decimal point key, a percentage key, four arithmetic function keys, a total key, a clear key, a D key, and a DC key. Above the keys to the left is an on/off switch. Text behind this reads: Auto Constant. Behind this is an eight-digit green vacuum fluorescent display. Text above this reads: TEAL 806. A jack for a power adapter is along the front edge of the calculator.
The back of the calculator has a compartment for two AA batteries. Below this is a sticker that reads in part: TEAL 806 (/) ELECTRONIC CALCULATOR. It also reads in part: NO 209340 (/) TEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. TORRANCE CALIF, 90502 (/) MADE IN JAPAN.
TEAL calculators were made in Japan by Tokyo Electronic Application Laboratory Ltd.
References:
[Advertisement], Holland [Michigan] Evening Sentinel, March 8, 1976, p. 17. Teal 806 calculator advertised as on sale for somewhat over $12.
The calculator.org website (accessed December 1, 2014) says that the Teal 806 was introduced in 1975.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
electronic calculator
date made
ca 1976
distributor
Teal Industries
maker
Tokyo Electronic Application Laboratory Ltd.
Physical Description
plastic (case; keys; display cover material)
metal (keyboard; jack; circuitry material)
paper (sticker material)
Measurements
overall: 7/8 in x 3 in x 4 3/4 in; 2.2225 cm x 7.62 cm x 12.065 cm
place made
Japan
ID Number
1986.0988.216
catalog number
1986.0988.216
accession number
1986.0988
See more items in
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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