Burroughs Style P401 Adding Machine

Description
This printing electric adding machine has a metal case painted a grayish tan and a full keyboard of plastic keys in two shades of tan. It has ten columns of keys, with keys numbered from 1 to 9 in each column. A 12” adjustable carriage is across the back, but no cover piece for the back of the carriage and no cord is present.. Adjustable sheet feeders for printing on pieces of paper are in place. The machine prints ten digits and one special character. Two additional plastic pieces were received with the machine.
The machine was model #260 in the Patent Division of Burroughs Corporation. It is marked across the front above the keyboard: Burroughs. It is marked on a metal tag attached to the bottom: 1880-B. It is marked on white paper tag: Burroughs P401 Elec. (/) #1880B (/) A. Williamson 3-3-54 (/) Developing Model (/) A. Williamson.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1954
maker
Burroughs Corporation
place made
United States: Michigan, Detroit
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
paper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 29.5 cm x 49 cm x 40 cm; 11 5/8 in x 19 9/32 in x 15 3/4 in
ID Number
1982.0794.62
catalog number
1982.0794.62
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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