Burroughs Style 13 Adding Machine

Description
This full-keyboard printing manual adding machine has a black metal body with a glass front. The mechanism is metal, as is the collapsible stand attached to the left side, the crank on the right side, and the stand. The knob on the crank is wooden. There are 13 columns of plastic-topped keys, each with nine keys. The leftmost column of keys is black, the next three columns white, the next column red, the next three columns black, the next three columns white, and the two rightmost columns are black. Once one key in a column is depressed, a second key in that column cannot be depressed. Above these is a tenth row, 12 columns wide, of red correction keys. One can read up to nine-digit entries on a display visible through the glass front. The 12-1/4”-wide carriage and the paper tape are at the back and not visible to the operator. The error and repeat keys are to the right of the keyboard with a non add key and two other interconnected keys on the left. The portion of the frame immediately below the keys is covered with green felt.
The machine is marked at the base of the front: STYLE No. 13. It is marked on a metal tag below this: No 13 71235. The Burroughs Style 13 was manufactured from 1906 until 1912.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
adding machine
date made
1906-1908
maker
Burroughs Adding Machine Company
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
metal (overall material)
felt (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
leather (overall material)
wood (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 105 cm x 63 cm x 49 cm; 41 11/32 in x 24 13/16 in x 19 9/32 in
place made
United States: Michigan, Detroit
ID Number
1988.0457.01
accession number
1988.0457
catalog number
330833
subject
Mathematics
Science & Mathematics
Adding Machines
See more items in
Medicine and Science: Mathematics
Adding Machines
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Olsen

Visitor Comments

Add a comment about this object

**Please read before submitting the form**

Have a comment or question about this object to share with the community? Please use the form below. Approved comments will appear on this page and may receive a museum response (but we can't promise). Please note that we generally cannot answer questions about your own artifacts or tell you how much they are worth.

Have a question about anything else, or would you prefer a personal response? Please visit our FAQ or contact page.

Personal information will not be shared or result in unsolicited e-mail. See our privacy policy.

Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.