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Volume 2
December
45-Pep Band

September
44-Popeye Spinach
43-Comptometer

August
42-Lower Lock
41-Cardinal Richelieu
40-Sidewalk Intersections
39-Evelyn Spangler
38-Spizerinctum

July
37-Two Poems
36-Cynophere
35-Ironclads
34-Independence
33-Games with Dots

June
32-Camera Lucida
31-Glands
30-The Takase River
29-Golden Retrievers
28-Manassass

May
27-Carte de Visite
26-Photo Featurette I
25-MN Farm-Labor
24-Communication

April
23-Tennessee Valley Authority
22-San Antonio
21-Huck Duster
20-A. Gallatin
19-Rope Climb
18-Flamingos

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Vol. 2 - September - No. 43
The Original Comptometer
The first practical adding-calculating machine ever made.

The Comptometer - Original Model
The first experimental model of the Comptometer, with crudely formed mechanism fitted in a rough wooden box.
It was Thanksgiving Day, 1884, when a young Chicago mechanic named Dorr E. Felt began tinkering with a wooden macaroni box, a handful of butcher's skewers and a dime's worth of rubber bands.

His hope: a machine that would calculate accurately without limitations of memory or physical strength. His idea was not new. Unsuccessful attempts had been made as early as the tenth century, but never had a successful machine been developed.

Bravely he started to translate his ideas into a model, using a jack-knife as his principal tool. By January of 1885 the wooden model was completed which embodied Mr. Felt's basic ideas. (This first wooden model is now in the Smithsonian Institution at Washington, D.C.) After another year of improving and refining, he produced in 1886 a workable model in metal. He called it the Comptometer.

Thus was born the first practical adding-calculating machine ever made, herald of a new era in accounting and figure work of all kinds. Mr. Felt, who was then only 24 years old, lived to see thousands of leading business and industrial organizations the world over handle their figure work on the Comptometer adding-calculating machine.

learn more about this fascinating subject:

Comptometer: Biography of a Machine
Comptometer: Macaroni Box Calculator
Comptometer Online
Comptometer History
Swedish Typewriter Page: Comptometer


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