Burroughs Series P Adding Machine

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Description
This full-keyboard printing electric adding machine has a black metal case, black and white color-coded round plastic keys, a rubber carriage, rubber feet, and a metal paper tape holder at the back. There is a hole for a handle but no handle. There are ten columns of keys, with nine keys in each column, as well as a column with five function keys and a large “+” bar.
A red paper tag attached to the machine reads: PATENT DEPT. (/) #208. A metal tag attached to the keyboard reads: 139-243. The machine is marked on the front: Burroughs. A white paper tag attached to the object reads: STY 10 (/) TALLY ROLL (/) MACH (/) TAG (/) 139-243. A metal tag attached to the object reads: DONATED TO (/) The Smithsonian Institution (/) by (/) Burroughs Corporation.
This example was #208 in the collection of the Patent Division of Burroughs Corporation. The Burroughs Series P was introduced in 1949, and this machine presumably dates from about that time.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1949
maker
Burroughs Adding Machine Company
place made
United States: Michigan, Detroit
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
paper (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 26.2 cm x 48 cm x 45.7 cm; 10 5/16 in x 18 29/32 in x 18 in
ID Number
1982.0794.39
catalog number
1982.0794.39
accession number
1982.0794
Credit Line
Gift of Burroughs Corporation
subject
Mathematics
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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