Victor 95 Handheld Electronic Calculator

Description
This handheld electronic calculator has an orange and brown plastic case with an array of seventeen large plastic keys, most of them square. These include ten digit keys, a decimal point key, a total key, four arithmetic function keys, a constant key, and a clear key. The on/off switch is above these on the left. A mark right of this reads: VICTOR. Behind these is an eight-digit red LED display. A power jack is on the back edge.
Extensive operating instructions are molded into the plastic of the back of the case. These read in part: Made in Canada For (/) VICTOR COMPTOMETER CORPORATION (/) Model No. 95 (/) Current 6 Volts D.C. Further text reads: Date Mfd. ELG41.
A hard plastic lid fits over the calculator and also can be used to rest it at an angle.
Victor Comptometer Corporation traced its roots to Dorr E. Felt’s invention of a key-driven mechanical adding machine called the Comptometer in the 1880s.
Compare Radio Shack EC225 (1986.0988.039). Both devices were made in Canada by General Instrument.
References:
[Advertisement], Los Angeles Times, August 9, 1975, p. C4. Special price $23.95.
Guy Ball and Bruce Flamm, The Complete Collector’s Guide to Pocket Calculators, Tustin, CA: Wilson/Barnett, 1997, p. 176.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
electronic calculator
date made
ca 1974
maker
Victor Comptometer Corporation
General Instruments
Physical Description
plastic (case; cover; keys material)
metal (circuitry material)
Measurements
overall: 1 in x 3 in x 6 3/4 in; 2.54 cm x 7.62 cm x 17.145 cm
place made
Canada
ID Number
1986.0988.247
catalog number
1986.0988.247
accession number
1986.0988
subject
Computers & Business Machines
Handheld Electronic Calculators
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Medicine and Science: Computers
Handheld Electronic Calculators
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of John B. Priser
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