Nobility Handheld Electronic Calculator

Nobility Handheld Electronic Calculator

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This battery-operated handheld electronic calculator has a brown plastic case, a metal keyboard, and twenty-five rectangular plastic keys. In addition to ten digit keys, four arithmetic function keys, a decimal point key, and a total key; it has four memory keys, a square root key, a % key, a change sign key, a clear/ lear entry key, and a TM/CAL key. Behind the keys is a switch that may be set at CAL, TM, or SET. To the left of this is a mark that reads: Nobility, with a symbol for a registered trademark. No trademark found.
Behind this, at an angle for easy viewing, is an LCD display. On the back is a compartment for two AA batteries. A sticker below this reads: Nobility (/) Electronic Calculator (/) DC 3V (/) Use 2x1.5V “AA” or “UM-3” Batteries (/) Made in Hong Kong.
A mark below the total key reads: AJ. A mark below the addition key reads: TM.
A credit card-sized calculator that uses the same Nobility logo is 1986.0988.263.
Nobility is most probably a trade name, not a maker's name.
[Advertisement], Los Angeles Times, November 27, 1980, p. SE13. A Nobility handheld calculator advertised, but not this one.
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Object Name
electronic calculator
date made
ca 1980
place made
China: Hong Kong
Physical Description
plastic (back of case; keys material)
metal (front of case; trim; circuitry material)
paper (sticker material)
overall: 1 1/2 in x 2 3/4 in x 4 3/4 in; 3.81 cm x 6.985 cm x 12.065 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of John B. Priser
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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