Regitel Cash Register / Point-of-Sale Terminal

The Regitel is an early point-of-sale (POS) electronic cash register. Such terminals capture information about sales for computer processing.
The device was made by the American Regitel Corporation and installed as a part of a networked system in department stores across the nation. The networks communicated over telephone systems at 9600 baud, which was extremely fast for the time period.
A mark on the front reads: REGITEL. A mark on tape on the bottom of the machine reads: Theresa 3-22-71.
For related documentation, see 2002.0091.02 through 2002.0091.06.
American Regitel Corporation was founded in Palo Alto, California, in 1968. The firm was acquired by Motorola in 1970.
Accession file.
Auerbach Publishers, Snapshot of Point-of-Sale Systems, Pennsauken, N.J.: Auerbach Publishers, 1978, p. 11.
Creative Strategies Internaional, Retail Automation to 1983, San Jose: Creative Strategies International, 1980, esp. p. 109.
Currently not on view
Object Name
cash register
date made
ca 1970
American Regitel Corporation
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
paper (overall material)
overall: 9 in x 20 1/2 in x 20 in; 22.86 cm x 52.07 cm x 50.8 cm
place made
United States: California, San Carlos
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Computers & Business Machines
Cash and Credit Registers
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Medicine and Science: Computers
Cash and Credit Registers
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Evan L. Ragland
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