APF Mark 1920 Handheld Electronic Calculator

APF Mark 1920 Handheld Electronic Calculator

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This brown- and gold-colored handheld electronic calculator has an array of twenty-five rectangualr plastic keys. These include ten white plastic digit keys; a white decimal point key; keys for the four arithmetic functions, percentage, and square roots; a clear entry/clear key; an equals key; and five memory keys. The off key is in the upper left corner of the keyboard. Behind the keyboard is an eight-digit liquid crystal display. A mark below the keyboard reads: aPF MARK 1920 (/) AUTO SHUT OFF.
A mark printed on the back reads: aPF MARK 1920 (/) LIQUID CRYSTAL CALCULATOR (/) RATING: DC 3V 0.2 MW (/) (1.5V BATTERY x 2) (/) (SILVER OXIDE G13 x 2) (/) APF ELECTRONICS INC (/) NEW YORK, N. Y. 10022 (/) HONG KONG. A further mark, partly obscured, reads: SERIAL NO 5[...]54.
The calculator fits in a plastic jacket which has been mended with red duct tape.
A 1980 advertisement lists the APF Mark 1920 as regularly priced at $14.99 and on sale for $11.97.
Chicago Tribune, August 27, 1980, p. F6.
Currently not on view
Object Name
electronic calculator
date made
ca 1980
APF Electronics
place made
China: Hong Kong
Physical Description
metal (case; screws material)
plastic (keys; edges; case material)
overall: 3/8 in x 2 3/8 in x 3 7/8 in;.9525 cm x 6.0325 cm x 9.8425 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of John B. Priser
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Medicine and Science: Computers
Computers & Business Machines
Handheld Electronic Calculators
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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I was an engineer at APF when the calculator business was booming. I helped to design their color video game and personal computer. Great to see it has its place in history.

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