Commodore 796M Handheld Electronic Calculator

Description
This inexpensive handheld electronic calculator has a tan plastic cover with a black plastic back. It has an array of nineteen oval plastic keys. In addition to ten digit keys, four arithmetic functions keys, a decimal point key, a total key, and a clear/clear entry key, the device has a memory key and a percentage key. The on/off switch is left of the memory key and the outlet for a power adapter is on the left side. A mark behind the keyboard reads: commodore. Behind this is the red eight-digit light emitting diode display.
The back of the calculator has a compartment for a nine-volt battery. A sticker below this reads: Solid State Portable (/) Electronic Calculator (/) AC OPERATION Use Commodore (/) adapter no. DC-620R or 505 or 506 or 507 (/) BATTERY 9V Type 006P SERIAL NO. (/) 979524 (/) MODEL 796M. Further text reads: commodore (/) Made in England Pt No 200958-3.
According to Devidts, this calculator came in beige, black and blue. For the black version, see 1986.0988.210.
References:
Guy Ball and Bruce Flamm, The Complete Collector’s Guide to Pocket Calculators, Tustin, CA: Wilson/Barnett, 1997, p. 56. The give a date of 1973.
Serge Devidts, BE CALC Vintage Electronic Calculators website.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1976
distributor
Commodore Business Machines, Inc.
place made
United Kingdom: England
Physical Description
plastic (case; keys; display cover material)
paper (sticker material)
metal (circuitry material)
glass (tube material)
Measurements
overall: 1 in x 2 1/2 in x 5 3/8 in; 2.54 cm x 6.35 cm x 13.6525 cm
ID Number
1986.0988.061
catalog number
1986.0988.061
accession number
1986.0988
Credit Line
Gift of John B. Priser
See more items in
Medicine and Science: Computers
Handheld Electronic Calculators
Computers & Business Machines
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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