Toshiba BC-8018 Handheld Electronic Calculator

Description
This handheld electronic calculator has a plastic case and twenty rectangular plastic keys. These include ten digit keys, a decimal point key, a total key, four arithmetic function keys, a square root key, a percentage key, a pi key, and a clear/clear entry key. Above the keyboard is an on/off switch. Behind it is an eight-digit blue vacuum fluorescent display. Text above the display reads: TOSHIBA BC-8018. Text below the keys reads: ELECTRONIC CALCULATOR.
A battery compartment for two AA batteries is at the top of the back. A sticker below it reads in part: TOSHIBA ELECTRONIC CALCULATOR (/) BC-8018 (/) DC 3V (dry battery x 2) (/) DC 3V (AC adapter) 0.3W (/) NO. 175304 BM (/) TOKYO SHIBAURA ELECTRIC CO., LTD. JAPAN (/) USE MODEL BH-115, BH-116. A jack for a power adapter is along the back edge.
References:
According to the datamath.org website (accessed December 3, 2014), this calculator was introduced in 1977.
According to the mycalcdb.free.fr website and the www.calcuseum.com website (both accessed December 3, 2014), this calculator was in production in 1978.
[Advertisement], Los Angeles Times, September 7, 1978, p. B30. Calculator on sale for $9.99.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
electronic calculator
date made
ca 1978
maker
Tokyo Shibaura Electric Company
Physical Description
metal (keyboard material)
plastic (case; keys material)
paper (sticker material)
Measurements
overall: 3/4 in x 3 in x 5 1/2 in; 1.905 cm x 7.62 cm x 13.97 cm
place made
Japan
ID Number
1986.0988.126
accession number
1986.0988
catalog number
1986.0988.126
subject
Computers & Business Machines
Handheld Electronic Calculators
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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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