National Cash Register, Model 211 (1)

This gray-green machine has metal exterior and mechanism, and a black plastic plate above the cash drawer, plastic keys and a plastic window. Four columns with nine digit keys each are on the right front and then five columns, each with nine keys, for entering amounts from hundreds of dollars down to cents. Right of these keys are keys indicating types of transactions, as well as TOTAL and SUBTOTAL keys. Right of these is a column of keys labeled with Roman numerals from I to VIII. Next to this are eight windows in a column. Right of these is the operating bar. Indicators are at the top. A space at the front may be meant for a paper tape. The machine has an electric cord, whose measurements are not included in the dimensions. The paper tape is missing.
The machine was made by the National Cash Register Company of Dayton, Ohio in 1943. It is a size 211 (1) and has serial number 4060872. According to a label on the bottom of the cash drawer, it was made for the Mary Webb Beauty Salon on Orange Street in Wilmington, Delaware.
Currently not on view
date made
National Cash Register Company
place made
United States: Ohio, Dayton
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
overall: 44 cm x 33.5 cm x 41.5 cm; 17 5/16 in x 13 3/16 in x 16 11/32 in
overall: 30 in x 41 in x 23 in; 76.2 cm x 104.14 cm x 58.42 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Gloria B. Ballard
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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