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Craig 4517 Handheld Electronic Calculator

Craig 4517 Handheld Electronic Calculator

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This handheld electronic calculator resembles Casio’s early handheld electronic calculators. It has a black plastic case with an aluminum keyboard. The array of rectangular plastic keys includes ten digit keys, a decimal point key, a total key and keys for the four arithmetic functions.
To the left of the keyboard is an eight-digit vacuum fluorescent display. Below it is the on/off switch. There also are a clear key, a clear entry key, a square root key and a percentage key. A mark between these keys and the display reads: CRAIG.
On the left side of the back is a compartment for four batteries. Right of this is an instruction label that gives detailed instructions for converting from common to metric units. A mark near the bottom of the label reads: CRAIG 4517 SERIAL NO. 5101018 (/) CRAIG CORPORATION COMPTON, CALIFORNIA 90220 MADE IN JAPAN. A paper sticker that has come loose from the back of the battery compartment reads: INSPECTED BY (/) 4.
Compare 1986.0988.185.
Guy Ball and Bruce Flamm, The Complete Collector’s Guide to Pocket Calculators, Tustin, CA: Wilson/Barnett, 1997, p. 64.
Los Angeles Times, May 22, 1975, p. B25. Advertised as on sale for $22.95 with optional charger an extra $3.95.
Los Angeles Times, June 24, 1977, p. F13. Advertised as on sale for $7.95.
Currently not on view
Object Name
electronic calculator
date made
Craig Corporation
place made
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 1 1/4 in x 6 1/8 in x 2 7/8 in; 3.175 cm x 15.5575 cm x 7.3025 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of John B. Priser
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Medicine and Science: Computers
Handheld Electronic Calculators
Computers & Business Machines
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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