National Cash Register, Model 1544-(4D-1)

This machine has four wooden drawers arranged in a single column in a wooden case. The register, in a brown metal case, sits atop the drawers. It has four columns of digit keys (red for dollars, black for cents, with a red five-cent key). Right of these is a column with keys marked A, B, D, E. Right of these is a lever now broken, a motor bar, and a section for the paper tape. The indicators are above the keys. The machine is electric. It has serial number 3672484 and model number 1544-(4D-1).
The machine was used at the Lansburgh Department Store in downtown Washington, D.C. When City Stores Company purchased Lansburgh, they gave the machine to the Smithsonian.
Currently not on view
Object Name
cash register
date made
National Cash Register Company
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
glass (overall material)
overall: 74 cm x 39.5 cm x 42 cm; 29 1/8 in x 15 9/16 in x 16 17/32 in
place made
United States: Ohio, Dayton
ID Number
maker number
accession number
catalog number
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Medicine and Science: Mathematics
Cash and Credit Registers
Computers & Business Machines
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of City Stores Company
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