Radio Shack EC-231 Handheld Electronic Calculator

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This handheld electronic calculator has a case in two shades of brown and an array of twenty rectangular plastic keys. These include ten digit keys, a decimal point key, a total key, and four arithmetic function keys. The leftmost column of keys includes %, square root, clear, and clear entry keys. The on/off switch is at the top of the keyboard. Behind this is an eight-digit vacuum fluorescent display. A mark above this reads: Radio Shack. A power jack is on the back edge.
The back of the calculator has a compartment for two AA batteries. Below this is a sticker that reads in part:
CAT. NO 65-610 (/) MODEL EC-231 (/) Radio Shack A DIVISION OF TANDY CORPORATION (/) DC 3V(“AA” CELL X 2) (/) FOR 120V AC OPERATION (/) USE ADAPTER 14-854 (/) 11467. It also reads: 8A6 (/) JAPAN.
Compare 1986.0988.040 (Radio Shack EC-231) and 1986.0988.46 (Radio Shack EC-380).
Radio Shack, A Tandy Company, 1977 Catalog No. 276 , p. 152, accessed September 22, 2014, at The price listed is $10.95.
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date made
Tandy Corporation
place made
Physical Description
plastic (case; keys; display cover material)
metal (circuitry material)
overall: 1 in x 3 in x 5 1/4 in; 2.54 cm x 7.62 cm x 13.335 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of John B. Priser
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Medicine and Science: Computers
Handheld Electronic Calculators
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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