Minipet V-2 Handheld Electronic Calculator

This chunky handheld electronic calculator has a white plastic case with a black keyboard, twenty-five black and white square plastic keys, and a display with what appear to be nine separate cylindrical tubes. In addition to ten digit keys, it has a decimal point key, a change sign key, four arithmetic function keys, a cancel key, two memory keys, and a total key. A jack for a power adapter is along the top edge. The on/off switch is on the right edge.
The back of the calculator has a battery compartment at the top that would hold four 1.5V batteries. A sticker on the compartment cover reads: MINIPET (/) MODEL V-2 (/) RATING 6VDC 0.6W (/) ASSEMBLED IN U.S.A.
A second, lengthier sticker below this one is entitled: CALCULATOR OPERATION INSTRUCTION.
[Advertisement], Washington Post, November 1, 1973, p. A21. Advertises a Minipet desktop calculator using “the same MOS LSI advanced circuitry as the famous Sharp Model 8M.” The device shown is not this calculator.
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Object Name
electronic calculator
date made
ca 1975
Physical Description
plastic (case; keys; display cover material)
metal (circuitry material)
paper (stickers material)
overall: 1 3/8 in x 3 1/2 in x 5 1/2 in; 3.4925 cm x 8.89 cm x 13.97 cm
place made
United States
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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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