Canon Palmtronic LD-8S Handheld Electronic Calculator

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This slim handheld electronic calculator has a plastic case with silver-colored brushed metal on the front and is black in back. It has an array of ten digit keys with a decimal point key and a percentage key. To the left of these keys are four keys for arithmetic functions and a total key. Above them are a square root key, a clear key, and a clear indicator (clear entry) key.
Behind the keyboard is an eight-digit fluorescent display. A mark behind it reads: Canon (/) Palmtronic 8s. The on/off switch is in the upper left corner and the socket for an adapter is along the top edge.
The back has a compartment for two batteries. A sticker at the base of this reads: 549667. Another sticker below the compartment on the back of the calculator reads in part: Canon (/) Palmtronic LD-8s (/) BM D.C. 3V = 0.2W (/) CANON INC. It then describes three possible power supplies. These are two penlight batteries, a Canon NiCd battery pack-4, or a Canon AC Adapter AD-2.
The calculator fits in a black plastic folder marked: Canon (/) Palmtronic. This holds an instruction leaflet written in English, German, French, and Spanish. A warranty with numeric code 0676B150 fits with the sleeve in a cardboard box. A mark on the box reads: Canon (/) Palmtronic LD-8s. A mark on the back of it reads: CANON INC. (/) JAPAN/JAPON.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1977
Canon, Inc.
place made
Physical Description
plastic (case; keys; sleeve; display window material)
metal (circuitry material)
paper (instructions; sticker; box material)
overall: 7/8 in x 3 in x 4 7/8 in; 2.2225 cm x 7.62 cm x 12.3825 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of John B. Priser
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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