St. Louis Cash Register

St. Louis Cash Register

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This cash register has a wooden case with glass-covered pop-up indicator numbers at the back. A metal lever that moves laterally across the front of the machine points to multiples of 5 from 5 to 95. On the right is an auxiliary lever for indicating amounts from 0 cents to 4 cents. On the left is another auxiliary lever for indicating 0, 1, or 2 dollars, hence the cash register indicates amounts up to $2.99. When the pointer-lever is depressed, the dollar, multiple of 5 cents, and 0 cent to 4 cent amounts are indicated on separate indicators at the back of the machine.
A window in the front of the machine is above the scale for the pointer. It is supposed to be covered with a shutter which can be opened only with a lock and key, keeping a secure record of transactions. No lock or key is evident.
The wooden cash drawer has six compartments for coins and three for paper bills. A spring at the back of the drawer keeps it in place.
The Model 106 is not listed in McCarthy in 1924, although other St. Louis cash registers are. The company is not mentioned in the 1928 edition of the book.
Richard R. Crandell and Sam Robbins, The Incorruptible Cashier, vol. 2, Vestal, N.Y.: Vestal Press Ltd., 1990, pp. 80–84, 319, 320.
James H. McCarthy, The American Digest of Business Machines, Chicago, 1924, pp.160–162, 585.
Currently not on view
Object Name
cash register
date made
ca 1915
St. Louis Cash Register Company, Inc.
place made
United States: Missouri, St. Louis
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
paper (overall material)
glass (overall material)
overall: 53 cm x 42.5 cm x 45.3 cm; 20 7/8 in x 16 23/32 in x 17 27/32 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of H. & S. Freezer Food Center
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I own one of these cash register. It works and I have the keys for it. The original owner was my grandmother that she used in her corner store in Milton, PA. I purchased this from my Aunt Ginny who used at Enterline's corner store until the mid 1970s.
I Have one of these. There are 2 key , one open window to see total and one to reset to zero.
This machine was commonly called a St. Louis Cheesecutter. It was made by St. Louis cash register. They were a competitor of NCR. NCR bought them around 1916 and folded them up to get rid of the competition.

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