Litronix 1102 Handheld Electronic Calculator

Description
The Litronix 1102 handheld electronic calculator has a tan and brown plastic case with a metal plate at the top of the front, and eighteen rectangular plastic keys. These include ten digit keys, a decimal point key, a percentage key, four arithmetic function keys, a clear key, and a clear entry key. In addition the calculator has an on/off switch and a constant switch. Behind the keyboard is an eight-digit red LED display. A mark above this reads: litronix 1102. A socket for a power adapter is along the left edge.
A compartment for four batteries is at the top of the back. A metal sticker below this reads: litronix constant/percent (/) 6.0 VDC 0.25 Watts (/) Model No. 1102 (/) Assembled in Malaysia (/) Litronix Inc., Cupertino, CA. A paper sticker inside the compartment reads: MODEL 1102 (/) S/N 033815.
The price of the calculator ranged from $39.95 down to $7.99.
For further information about Litronix, see 1986.0988.253. Also compare 1986.0988.065.
References:
[Advertisement], Los Angeles Times, May 9, 1974, p. D5. This gives a price of $39.95. Said to be six-function. This includes four arithmetic functions, a percentage key, and the constant switch.
[Advertisement], Los Angeles Times, June 13, 1974, p. E4. Introduced as selling for $39.95 – competitor (not named) sells for $49.95 and doesn’t offer full-year guarantee.
[Advertisement], Los Angeles Times, January 27, 1975, p. C2. Litronix 1102 offered for $24.95. Here called a four-function calculator.
[Advertisement], Los Angeles Times, August 14, 1976, p. 15. Litronix 1102 offered for $7.99 at a warehouse sale.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
electronic calculator
date made
1974-1976
maker
Litronix
Physical Description
metal (circuitry; tag; cover plate material)
paper (inner sticker material)
rubber (feet material)
plastic (case; keys; display cover material)
Measurements
overall: 3/4 in x 3 in x 6 in; 1.905 cm x 7.62 cm x 15.24 cm
place made
Malaysia
ID Number
1986.0988.303
catalog number
1986.0988.303
accession number
1986.0988
subject
Computers & Business Machines
Handheld Electronic Calculators
See more items in
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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