National Semiconductor Novus 750 Handheld Electronic Calculator

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This handheld electronic calculator has a tan plastic case and seventeen rectangular plastic keys. In addition to ten digit keys and a decimal point key, it has a clear entry/clear key, four arithmetic function keys, and a total key. On the left on the brown and off-white keyboard is an on/off switch. Text above it reads: 750 NOVUS. Behind the keyboard is a six-digit LED display. A compartment for a battery opens on the top of the back.
A jack for a power adapter is on the left side.
Problems are entered using algebraic rather than reverse Polish notation.
Compare to the earlier Novus 650 (1986.988.260 – no floating decimal point, Reverse Polish notation) and to the contemporary Novus 850 (1986.0988.306 – eight-digit display). Also compare to the National Semiconductor 750 (1986.0988.231). Advertised prices for the Novus 750 ranged from $7.66 down to $3.99.
[Advertisement], Chicago Tribune, February 15, 1976, p. P18. Novus 750 selling for $7.66.
[Advertisement], Chicago Tribune, April 4, 1976, p. N19. Novus 750 has regular price of $7.88, on sale for $6.88.
[Advertisement], Chicago Tribune, June 13, 1976, p. S8. Novus 750 has regular price of $7.88, on sale for $5.88.
[Advertisement], Chicago Tribune, August 29, 1976. Novus 750 selling for $7.89.
[Advertisement], Chicago Tribune, January 2, 1977, p. M8. Novus 750, regularly $7.88, selling for $6.00.
[Advertisement], Chicago Tribune, September 27, 1979, p. W_B33. Novus 750, regularly $6.99, selling for $3.99.
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date made
National Semiconductor Corporation
place made
United States
Physical Description
plastic (case; keys; display cover material)
metal (circuitry material)
overall: 1 in x 2 5/8 in x 5 in; 2.54 cm x 6.6675 cm x 12.7 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of John B. Priser
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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