Canon Palmtronic LC-2 Handheld Electronic Calculator

This slim handheld electronic calculator has a silver-colored brushed metal case on the front with plastic edging and back. It has an array of ten digit keys and a decimal point key. Above these are clear, clear indicator, and three memory keys. Immediately to the right are percentage, multiplication, addition, and sign change keys. Furthest to the right are square root, division, subtraction, and total keys. Behind the keyboard is an eight-digit liquid crystal display. A mark behind this reads: Canon (/) Palmtronic LC. The on/off switch is slightly above this to the right.
A sticker on the back reads: Canon (/) PALMTRONIC LC-2 (/) BM D.C. 4.5 V= 0.5mW (/) CANON INC. (/) NO. 628398 JAPAN (/) USE SILVER OXIDE BATTERRY 1.5Vx3. Below the sticker is a compartment for three squat cylindrical silver oxide batteries.
The calculator fits in a brown plastic folder marked: Canon (/) Palmtronic LC. This also holds an instruction leaflet written in English, German, French, and Spanish. A number printed on the leaflet reads: 0377B100.
A November 1976 advertisement for the Canon LC (not the LC-2) describes a similar calculator which had an AC adapter (this calculator does not). It sold for $34.99.
Los Angeles Times, November 29, 1976, p. B6.
Currently not on view
Object Name
electronic calculator
date made
ca 1977
Canon, Inc.
Physical Description
plastic (case; probably keys; display cover; sleeve material)
metal (circuitry material)
paper (instruction leaflet material)
overall: 3/8 in x 2 1/2 in x 4 5/8 in; .9525 cm x 6.35 cm x 11.7475 cm
place made
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Handheld Electronic Calculators
Computers & Business Machines
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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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