Comptometer Model E

This full-keyboard non-printing adding machine has a brown metal case, eight rows of plastic keys for entering numbers that are colored according to the place value of the digits entered, eight subtraction levers with decimal markers, and a row of nine windows at the front of the machine to show the result. Complementary numbers are indicated on the keys. Keys for odd digits are concave, and those for even ones are flat. There is a button on the upper right of the keyboard and a zeroing lever on the right side. The machine featured an error-locking mechanism. Metal “wings” extending on the right and left side of each key are introduced as part of an “individual key lock” mechanism.
The machine has serial number 61612. The last patent date on the metal tag behind the keyboard is: JUN.7.10.
Felt & Tarrant, Accession Journal, 1991.3107.06.
Currently not on view
Object Name
adding machine
date made
Felt & Tarrant Manufacturing Company
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
wood (overall material)
overall: 14 cm x 24 cm x 36.2 cm; 5 1/2 in x 9 7/16 in x 14 1/4 in
place made
United States: Illinois, Chicago
ID Number
maker number
catalog number
accession number
Science & Mathematics
Adding Machines
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Medicine and Science: Mathematics
Adding Machines
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Victor Comptometer Corporation
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