Hanimex 807 Handheld Electronic Calculator

Description
Hanimex was an Australian import-export firm, founded after WWII by German refugee Jack Hannes. The name is an abbreviation for Hannes Import Export. The company sold a variety of cameras, lenses, slide projectors and, for a shorter time, handheld electronic calculators. This example has a plastic case with metal trim and twenty three rectangular plastic keys. These include ten digit keys, a decimal point key, a total key, four keys for arithmetic functions, three memory keys, a percentage key, a square root key, a clear entry key and a clear key. The on/off switch is left of the three uppermost keys. Behind the keyboard is an eight-digit LED display. Text above the display reads: HANIMEX 807. The top edge has a socket for a power adopter. The calculator has a black plastic carrying case.
The back of the calculator has a battery compartment at the top to hold two AA batteries. Its cover is loose. A sticker below the compartment reads: Electronic Calculator (/) DC 3V (/) Use 2 pieces “UM3” (/) or “AA” Batteries. A sticker inside the compartment reads: Serial No. H61896.
The Australian firm of Hanimex Pty. Ltd. applied for a U.S. trademark for electronic calculators in 1979, stating that the first use of the trademark in commerce had been in February of that year. The trademark was granted in 1982 and cancelled in 1989.
Compare the general arrangement of the keyboard (though not the display) to the Casio LC-825 (see 1986.0988.213)
References:
Guy Ball and Bruce Flamm, The Complete Collector’s Guide to Pocket Calculators, Tustin, CA: Wilson/Barnett, 1997, p. 73. This source indicates that the Hanimex 807 was made in Hong Kong in about 1975.
Paul Burrows, “The Australian Way,” Camera, October 5, 2012.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
electronic calculator
date made
ca 1975
maker
Hanimex
Physical Description
plastic (case; keys; display cover; carrying case material)
paper (sticker material)
metal (circuitry material)
Measurements
overall: 5/8 in x 3 in x 4 3/4 in; 1.5875 cm x 7.62 cm x 12.065 cm
ID Number
1986.0988.257
catalog number
1986.0988.257
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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