National Cash Register, Eight-Drawer

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This machine has a metal case painted brown, and sits on top of eight cash drawers arranged in two columns of four drawers. It has four columns of plastic keys for registering dollars and cents ($10 to $90, $1 to $9, 10 cents to 90 cents, and 1cent to 9 cents). A column right of the number keys keys lettered A, B, D, E, H, K, L and M. A keyhole is right of each of the lettered keys. Right of these is a lever for setting the operation to be carried out and the motor bar.
Left of the keyboard are registers marked with the same letters as those in the column of lettered keys. Left of this is the space for the paper tape. The machine has serial number 390234. It also is marked: X 094(4) RS-8C.
This particular cash register was used at 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
date made
National Cash Register Company
place made
United States: Ohio, Dayton
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
glass (overall material)
paper (overall material)
overall: 82 cm x 74 cm x 51 cm; 32 9/32 in x 29 1/8 in x 20 3/32 in
ID Number
maker number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of City Stores Company
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Data Source
National Museum of American History