Sharp EL-8034 Handheld Electronic Calculator

This handheld electronic calculator has a brown and tan plastic case and an array of twenty square plastic keys with rounded courners. These include ten digit keys, a decimal point key, a % key, four arithmetic function keys, a clear/clear entry key, a memory key (for the total), a square root key, and a total key. Behind the keyboard is an eight-digit yellow LCD display. The on/off switch is to the left of the display. Text under the display reads: SHARP (/) ELECTRONIC CALCULATOR. A tag at the bottom of the keyboard reads: SHARP ELSI-MATE (/) EL-8034. A jack for a power cord is along the back edge.
At the bottom of the back is a compartment for two AAA batteries. A paper sticker inside this compartment reads: 88055729. Text above the compartment reads: ELECTRONIC CALCULATOR (/) EL-8034. Further text reads: SHARP CORPORATION (/) MADE IN KOREA BM. A sticker above this lists patents incorporated in the calculator. The latest of the U.S. patents has number 3902169. It was issued in 1975 and assigned to Sharp.
Compare 1986.0988.133 (Sharp EL-206).
[Advertisement], Los Angeles Times, July 12, 1978, p. K4. Calculator advertised as selling in a wallet and at a special price of $10.
[Advertisement], Washington Post, August 28, 1978, p. C28. Calculator advertised as regularly priced at $14.95, on sale for $11.97.
Currently not on view
Object Name
electronic calculator
date made
ca 1978
Sharp Corporation
Physical Description
plastic (case; keys; display cover material)
metal (circuitry material)
paper (sticker material)
overall: 1/2 in x 3 in x 5 in; 1.27 cm x 7.62 cm x 12.7 cm
place made
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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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