Craig 4516 Handheld Electronic Calculator

This handheld electronic calculator has a black plastic case and twenty-five plastic keys. The ten digit keys and decimal point key are white, the subtraction key is red, and the remaining keys are blue. The keys above the digit keys are clear/clear entry, EX, and percentage. Right of the digit keys are five memory keys, four function keys, and a change sign key. The total key is next to the decimal point key in the middle of the bottom row. The on/off switch is above the keyboard on the right, and the eight-digit vacuum fluorescent display is behind this. A mark on the display cover reads: MEMORY. A mark on a metal insert above this reads: CRAIG.
The socket for a power adapter is on the top edge. A compartment for four AA batteries is at the base of the back. The “OPERATION OUTLINE” on a metal tag above this describes operating procedures. Text near the bottom of this tag reads: CRAIG 4516 SERIAL NUMBER 044900 (/) CRAIG CORPORATION COMPTON, CALIFORNIA 90220 MADE IN JAPAN.
Unscrewing a screw on the top edge of the calculator allows one to remove the top of the case.
Guy Ball and Bruce Flamm, The Complete Collector’s Guide to Pocket Calculators, Tustin, CA: Wilson/Barnett, 1997, p. 64.
Los Angeles Times, February 20, 1975, p. WS9. Advertised as on sale for $39.95.
Los Angeles Times, January 30, 1976, p.B17A. Advertised as having a reduced price of $27.50, down from a regular price of $49.95, as part of an inventory clearance sale.
Currently not on view
Object Name
electronic calculator
date made
Physical Description
plastic (case; keys; display cover material)
metal (circuitry; tags material)
glass (display tube material)
overall: 1 1/4 in x 3 1/2 in x 5 7/8 in; 3.175 cm x 8.89 cm x 14.9225 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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