Mathmatic S-888 Handheld Electronic Calculator

This handheld electronic calculator has a white and black plastic case with twenty rounded rectangular plastic keys. In addition to ten digit keys, a decimal point key, four arithmetic function keys, a total key, a percentage key, and a clear key, the calculator has two blank keys that appear to have no function. Just above the keyboard, on the left, is the on/off switch. Behind this is an eight-digit red LED display. A mark on the display cover reads: Mathmatic S-888.
The back of the calculator has a battery compartment at the top that is missing its cover. A sticker below this is marked: MODEL S-888. It gives examples of working the calculator. Further text at the bottom reads: MATHMATIC SALES, INC., WATERBURY, (/) CONNECTICUT 06704 (/) made in Thailand.
[Advertisement], New York Times, July 11, 1973, p. 8. Mathmatic 808 (not 888 or S-888) calculator regularly $99.50, on sale for $77.00.
[Advertisement], New York Times, August 1, 1973, p. 18. Mathmatic 808 calculator, originally $109.50, on sale for $79.00.
[Advertisement], New York Times, October 14, 1973, p. 42. Mathmatic 808 calculator on sale for $69.95.
[Advertisement], New York Times, January 1, 1975, p. C20. Mathmatic 888 (not S-888) advertised for $29. Regular price is $49.95. This is a different calculator.
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Object Name
electronic calculator
date made
ca 1976
Physical Description
plastic (case; keys; display cover material)
metal (circuitry material)
paper (sticker material)
overall: 7/8 in x 3 in x 5 7/8 in; 2.2225 cm x 7.62 cm x 14.9225 cm
place made
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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