Sharp EL-8110 Handheld Electronic Calculator

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This thin handheld electronic calculator has a metal case and twenty-two plastic, rounded square keys. These include ten digit keys, a change sign key, a decimal point key, four arithmetic function keys, a square root key, a clear/clear entry key, a % key, two memory keys, and a total key. Pushing up a button at the top right of the keyboard unlatches the cover on the eight-digit LCD display. A mark at the base of the calculator reads: SHARP ELSI MATE (/) EL-8110. A jack for a power adapter is along the front edge of the calculator.
A compartment for two squat cylindrical batteries is at the base of the back of the calculator. A mark at the top reads in part: SHARP (/) RATING: 2.4V – (DC) 0.025W (/) (RECHARGEABLE BATTERY EA-108) (/) OR 3V – (DC) 0.025W (AC ADAPTOR/CHARGER EA-10C) (/) ELECTRONIC CALCULATOR EL-8110 (/) NO. 67276478 BM (/) SHARP CORPORATION MADE IN JAPAN
[Advertisement], Los Angeles Times, March 16, 1976, p. D2. Gives price of $39.95. A similar thin model, the Sharp EL-8010, had no memory, %, or square root keys. It sold for $29.95.
[Advertisement], Chicago Tribune, September 22, 1976, p. D13. Here the EL-8110 is described as the “’Thin Man’ pocket secretary.” The price listed is $39.95.
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date made
Sharp Corporation
place made
Physical Description
aluminum (case material)
plastic (kdys; display cover material)
overall: 5 in x 3 in x 3/8 in; 12.7 cm x 7.62 cm x .9525 cm
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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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