National Cash Register, Class 51

In the 1950s Americans increasingly bought groceries in supermarkets, which served large numbers of customers. Consumers selected their own goods, and took them to a clerk who rang up sales. To make transactions as efficient as possible, the National Cash Register Company introduced machines that dispensed coins automatically, avoiding time and errors associated with making change. This change-making cash register went on the market in 1954, with a new model in 1958. This example was given to the Smithsonian by NCR in 1959, on the occasion of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the company.
Accession file.
Object Name
cash register
date made
National Cash Register Company
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
glass (overall material)
overall: 50 cm x 46 cm x 41 cm; 19 11/16 in x 18 1/8 in x 16 5/32 in
place made
United States: Ohio, Dayton
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Computers & Business Machines
Artifact Walls exhibit
Cash and Credit Registers
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Artifact Walls exhibit
Cash and Credit Registers
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of National Cash Register Company
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