Remington 1259S Electronic Calculator

This small desktop scientific electronic calculator has nine digit keys, a zero bar, and a decimal point key at the center. Above these keys are two rows of keys for 16 scientific functions. On the left are a change sign key, a decimal selector (ranging from 0 to 8), and keys for memory recall, positive accumulation, memory clear, and negative accumulation. A switch allows one to choose between floating, round-off, or cut-off of decimals. On the right front are keys for positive result, negative result, multiplication, division and storage. The power switch is on the right side at the back. The Nixie tube readout shows up to 12 digits. The donor typed up a table giving the accuracy of 11 of the function keys, and taped the paper to the machine at the back. The cord is missing. The machine is marked at the front: REMINGTON 1259S. A tag on the bottom has the serial number: 305491. That tag also reads in part: MADE IN JAPAN. The black plastic cover is marked: REMINGTON (/) SPERRY RAND.
A yellow sheet received with the machine reads: Remington (/) 1259S (/) The scientific (/) calculator with 16 specific mathematical functions. A pamphlet entitled "Remington 1259S Operators Instruction Manual," and an advertisement announcing a special on the machine, complete the accession. The ad indicates that the machines sold to dealers for $346 and had a suggested retail price of $495.
According to the donor, Steven Lett, his father, office machines dealer Joseph E. Lett III, brought this machine home for his son to explore.
Like other American firms, Sperry Rand imported desktop electronic calculators from Japan. Compare this machine to the Casio fx-1.
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Object Name
electronic calculator
date made
ca 1972
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
paper (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
overall: 7.8 cm x 23 cm x 31.5 cm; 3 1/16 in x 9 1/16 in x 12 13/32 in
place made
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Computers & Business Machines
Desktop Electronic Calculators
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Medicine and Science: Computers
Desktop Electronic Calculators
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Steven Lett

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