National Cash Register, Eight-Drawer

This machine has eight cash drawers, arranged in two columns of four drawers each. The register, with its brown metal case, sits atop these. It has four columns of digit keys (red for dollars, white for cents, and a red 5-cent key). Right of these are eight letter keys (A, B, D, E, H, K, L, and M) and a total key. Right of these is a lever which can be set at the desired operation, and a motor bar. The machine also has an operating handle. The paper tape is on the left and the glass-covered indicators are at the top.
The machine has serial number 390234. It also is marked: X 094(4) RS-8C.
This cash register 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
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
glass (overall material)
paper (overall material)
overall: 86 cm x 49.5 cm x 73 cm; 33 27/32 in x 19 1/2 in x 28 3/4 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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