Canon Palmtronic 8-T Handheld Electronic Calculator

This handheld electronic calculator has a brown plastic case with cream-colored ends. It has a bank of ten digit keys, a decimal point key, an SC key, a clear key, a clear indicator (clear entry) key, four function keys, two memory keys, and a total key. Oval buttons are labeled hour, minute, and second. Above the keyboard is an eight-digit vacuum fluorescent display. An AUTO switch and an on/off switch are left of the display. Text above the display reads: SEXAGESIMAL CALCULATOR (/) Canon 8-T.
Text on the back of the case reads: Canon (/) PALMTRONIC 8-T (/) BM. Further text reads: CANON INC. Further text reads: JAPAN.
A socket for an adapter is on the top edge. (This example has no adapter.) A compartment on the back would hold two AA batteries. A sticker on the back of the compartment cover reads: 499563.
The calculator fits in a black plastic sleeve marked: Canon. Both the sleeve and the calculator fit in a black paper box. A sticker on the box reads: $14.99.
An advertisement in the Los Angeles Times describes the Canon Palmtronic 8-T, with AC adapter, as selling for $34.99.
Los Angeles Times, November 29, 1976, p. B6.
Currently not on view
Object Name
electronic calculator
date made
ca 1976
Canon, Inc.
Physical Description
plastic (case; display window; sleeve material)
metal (circuitry material)
paper (sticker; box material)
overall: 7/8 in x 3 in x 5 3/4 in; 2.2225 cm x 7.62 cm x 14.605 cm
place made
ID Number
accession number
catalog 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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