National Cash Register, Eight-Drawer

This machine has eight wooden cash drawers arranged in two columns of four. Atop them is the register, which has four columns of keys for numbers (red for dolars and tens of dollars, white for cents and tens of cents, and a red 5-cent key). A column of lettered keys has keys marked B, D, E, H, K, and M. The A, L, and N keys are missing and there is no place for C, F, G, or I keys.
Right of the letter keys is a column of keyholes, several of which have keys in them. A lever is set on the operation to be carried out and a motor bar controls the motor. A paper tape is on the left and indicator numbers are at the top.The machine has both an electric cord and a crank. It has serial number 3613685.
The machine 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)
paper (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
overall: 87 cm x 49.5 cm x 73 cm; 34 1/4 in x 19 1/2 in x 28 3/4 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


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