MKD Bantam Electronic Cash Register

MKD Bantam Electronic Cash Register

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This beige electronic cash register has a printing mechanism, an LED display, and a separate, locked cash drawer with a broken key. The interior of the register is accessible and includes a number of circuit boards, the printer mechanism, wires, and fuses. Two circuit boards are covered in plastic and one had double-stick tape and foam attached to it to block the heat of the power source. A disintegrating foam panel is in the front of the unit. Paper and a print cartridge are still in the machine.
A tag on the top front of the machine reads: MKDBantam. A Hayman Cash Register Co. sticker is below this. The register has serial number 940561.
MKD Corporation, formed in 1972, sold both point-of-sale terminals and low-cost electronic cash registers.
Creative Strategies International, Retail Automation to 1983, San Jose: Creative Strategies International, 1980, esp. p. 111.
Currently not on view
Object Name
cash register
date made
ca 1975
MKD Corporation
place made
United States: New Jersey
United States: Illinois
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
paper (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
glass (overall material)
overall: 15 in x 19 1/4 in x 19 1/4 in; 38.1 cm x 48.895 cm x 48.895 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of J. Alan Hayman and Richard W. Hayman
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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I recognize that Hayman Cash Register Co. sticker. I worked at Stanley Hayman's shop in Washington D.C. around 1976–77. Thank you for creating this interesting site. I found it in a search because I was trying to recall that part of my work history. A young tech repaired the "modern" electronic CRs like Sharp, NCR, and the MKD pictured. He said, "They'll make you think." Personally, I associated those new-fangled machines with poor-quality dot matrix receipts: barely readable and short-lived. I remember Stanley's son, Alan—nice guy, a businessman. But I remember Roy Pike more clearly because he worked on our floor with the service operations. Roy must have been the service manager or director. I didn't report to him directly. I think my boss' name was Gary. Terrific mechanic, in any case. I repaired and reconditioned "conventional" NCR electromechanical machines, and Rad Akouli (spelling?) taught me how to service Sweda CRs (my favorite). I found electromechanical CRs no more difficult to service than bicycles (my specialty), except that we had to fish around with spring hooks and such, kinda like dentistry. And one had to remember to discharge the capacitor, or one might be in for a shock. Mark Strand (we called him "Strange") specialized in Hugin CRs. That role barely kept Mark busy, as Hugins were practically bombproof. I learned about painting at Hayman Cash Register Co. We made old CRs look brand-new. Roy showed me prep tricks, like for removing stickers. A legitimate paint booth and quality paint are essential. We even stocked the particular shade of pink for Dunkin' Donuts' CRs. Roy and Gary were pleased with my work. And after I brushed the print wheels and courtesy plate clean, the receipt would come out, "Thank you," clear as day, and that aniline blue ink would never fade. But In the spring, I followed the Back to Nature movement to the hollers of WV, where I took up milking goats. Much soap & water, Geoff

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