Sharp EL-8002 Handheld Electronic Calculator

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This handheld electronic calculator has a blue and white plastic case with nineteen square keys with rounded corners. These include ten digit keys, a decimal point key, four arithmetic function keys, a total key, a clear entry key and a clear key. Above the keyboard a metal tag reads: SHARP ELSI 8002. Behind this is an eight-digit green fluorescent display. A jack for a power adapter is along the back edge and an on/off switch is along the left side.
At the top of the back is a compartment for three AA batteries. A tag below this reads: SHARP MODEL EL-8002 (/) RATING: 4.5V DC (/) DRY-BATTERY SUM-3 x 3 (/) OR AC ADAPTOR MODEL EA-12A 0.3W (/) NO. 4101559X (/) SHARP ELECTRONICS CORPORATION (/) 10 KEYSTONE PLACE, PARAMUS, N.J.07852 (/) MADE IN JAPAN BM. A tag below this lists U.S., Canadian, Swedish and Australian patents.
[Advertisement], Los Angeles Times, October 31, 1974, p. sg11. Sharp 8002 calculator advertised as new for 1974-1975. List price $59.95, sale price $34.95.
[Advertisement], Washington Post, January 11, 1975, p. A11. Sharp 8002 on sale for $29.95.
Currently not on view
date made
Sharp Corporation
place made
Physical Description
plastic (case; keys; display cover material)
metal (plaque; circuitry material)
paper (sticker material)
overall: 1 1/2 in x 3 1/2 in x 5 1/2 in; 3.81 cm x 8.89 cm x 13.97 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of John B. Priser
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Medicine and Science: Computers
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


I received this calculator as a gift in 1975. I still have and still use this item. Top of the list of best items I've ever owned.

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