McCaskey Credit Register

McCaskey Credit Register

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The McCaskey Register Company of Alliance, Ohio, manufactured systems for keeping track of accounts and credit registers from its organization in 1903 until its purchase by Victor Adding Machine Company in 1953. The firm was started by Perry A. McCaskey, a grocer in Lisbon, Ohio, who took out a patent May 19, 1896, for a “bill and account file” (#560523). He also patented a more complex “credit-accounting appliance” on December 30, 1902 (#717247). McCaskey contiinued to assign patents to the McCaskey Register Company through 1907, although ownership of the firm passed to others and several other inventors contributed to the product.
This particular machine combines a system for keeping accounts with a cash drawer. It has a wooden base with a wooden roll-top cover. A slatted panel designed for holding credit slips fits over the cash drawer and a piece of glass that fits over the panel. A silver-colored metal compartment is on the front of the cash drawer, with five buttons at the top. A bell is at the back on the inside.
McCaskey patents describe a system of credit slips that fit on bill-holders in the back of the machine. This machine has no bill-holders or slips.
The donor dated this machine to 1893. However, it was made after the McCaskey Register Company was founded in 1903 and resembles McCaskey’s 1907 patent, hence the later date assigned.
P. A. McCaskey, “Credit-Accounting Appliance,” U.S. Patent 717247, December 30, 1902.
Craig Bara and Lyle Crist, Alliance, Charleston, SC: Arcadia Press, 1998, 29.
Richard R. Crandall and Sam Robins, The Incorruptible Cashier, vol. 2, Vestal, N.Y.: Vestal Press, 1990, pp. 318–319.
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Object Name
credit register
date made
McCaskey Register Company
place made
United States: Ohio, Alliance
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
glass (overall material)
cloth (overall material)
overall: 74.5 cm x 57.5 cm x 84 cm; 29 11/32 in x 22 5/8 in x 33 1/16 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Victor Comptometer Corporation
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I have a McCaskey Account Register complete with "store slips" under spring clips. It served my grandfather's store in a Pennsylvania mining community from 1920 until the mine closed in 1931. I salvaged it from the store about 1960; it has been in my attic ever since. The general merchandise store ran a credit business. It serves as an interesting record of who the customers were, what they bought, and the balances left unpaid when the mine closed and many families departed the area. It really records the damage done to our family when the depression struck. Included in the package are documents, envelopes, instructions and epherema related to operation of the McCaskey system. I need some suggestions on what I should do with it.
I found one of the spring loaded bill holder in my father's stuff when we moved him out of his 38 acres to a medium size trailer. This was one of my "treasures". The inside label is quite yellowed and brittle. Reading the printed information is challenging but not impossible. I'm glad I found a little information here.
I have a double wide register. Is the double wide very common? It has two drawers on each side, no metal parts on the front. Thank you
Can anyone provide me with disassembly of the bakelite version of this item? Thank you.

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