Sharp EL 208 Handheld Electronic Calculator

Sharp EL 208 Handheld Electronic Calculator

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Description
This handheld electronic calculator has a tan and orange plastic case, a metal keyboard, and nineteen rectangular plastic keys. The keys include ten digit keys, a decimal point key, a total key, four arithmetic function keys, a % key, a memory key, and a clear entry/clear key. The on/off switch is at the left on the top row of keys. Behind the keyboard is an eight-digit LCD display.
At the top of the back of the calculator is a compartment for a nine-volt battery. Text below it reads: ELECTRONIC CALCULATOR (/) EL-208. Further text reads: NO. 025. The number is on a paper sticker and is difficult to read. Further text reads: SHARP CORPORATION BM (/) MADE IN JAPAN (/) U.S. Pats. 3902169 & 3978994.
The calculator has a dark brown plastic carrying case.
References:
[Advertisement], Los Angeles Times, December 4, 1980, p. B12. A Sharp EL-208 calculator is on sale for $6.99. The placement of the SHARP label is different in this image than on the example in the collections.
[Advertisement], Chicago Tribune, March 8, 1981, p. M6. Sharp EL-208 on sale for $6.99. The image in the advertisement is of the model of calculator in the collections.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
electronic calculator
date made
1980-1981
maker
Sharp Corporation
place made
Japan
Physical Description
plastic (case; keys material)
leather or leatherette (carrying case material)
metal (keyboard; snap material)
Measurements
overall: 1 1/8 in x 2 1/2 in x 4 1/4 in; 2.8575 cm x 6.35 cm x 10.795 cm
ID Number
1986.0988.314
catalog number
1986.0988.314
accession number
1986.0988
Credit Line
Gift of John B. Priser
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National Museum of American History
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Comments

We bought a Sharp EL208 new at Swan and Edgar in Piccadilly Circus, London, in January 1981. Appearance exactly as per the images shown. Cost £7.99. Was highly inefficient on power usage and the 9V cell regularly needed replacing. Noticeably heavier than the Casio Fx-100 which we bought at the same time for £11.99, and which was highly efficient on power usage. Nearly ten years later when I lost the Casio it was still using the original 2 x 1.5v cells. May or may not be of interest to add to the record.

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