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Wondrous Devices from the Age of Machines 
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A Webzeum of Mechanical Calculators
 
          What's New?               
 
Something different: our new RomanCulator App for iPad and iPhone:
Also new is the unique Ruxton Multivider pencil and slide rule calculator:
Also see the The Abacus for neat photos and a video for the original retro calculator!

And check out the video for the ever-popular and Astounding Curta Calculator.
 
The Calculators

'Golden' Odhner

The Abacus
Ancient Wonder

The Astounding Curta

 

G. Westinghouse & Co. Tallier (1870?)

Digicus (Abacus + Digital)

Pilot (Japan)

Aderes (Adix) Column Adder

Golden Gem 

 

Charpentier Calculimetre

Brunsviga Midget

BriCal British Calculator

Bassett Adder

Victor (Webb) Adder

Naughty Boy Adder (Precise) 

 

Otis King Slide Rule

Add-A-Mite 

Pocket Cash Register


Add-O-Matic

 

Benton Tally Register

Faber Castell Addiator Slide Rule Hybrid

The Locke Adder

 

HexAdat (Hex Addiator)

 

Fowler Long Scale

 

Stephenson Adder 

Calcumeter

 

Resulta BS 9

 

Soviet KL-1 Slide Rule

 

Ricoh Alexe

 

S&N

Burroughs 'High Heel' 

   

Jorgensen Metric Conversion Rule

 

Tasco Pocket Arithmometer

 

Chadwick Adder

Ruxton Mechanical Pencil & Slide Rule RomanCulator iPhone/iPad App Quixsum Fractional
Adding Machine

Tiger Calculator (Japan)

 

Midget Circular Slide Rule

Sundstrand Adding Machine

 

Prewett Addograf

Accoson (British)
Friden C10 Times Table Calculators Monroe 'mini' Model L

(On many of the retro calculators pictured above, you can click to see more photos and information)



Other Sites of Interest for RetroCalculators:

The Vintage Calculators web museum of mechanical calculators.
The Early Office Museum: http://www.officemuseum.com/calculating_machines_adders.htm

A fantastic demonstration of various calculator mechanisms - click the photos for video.

For exhaustive indices and pictures:
In English (and German): http://www.rechenmaschinen-illustrated.com/
In Spanish: INDICE DE LAS MAQUINAS DE CALCULAR
In German: http://bluemich.net/rechner/index.htm
From D. Bölter, also in German: http://www.boelters.de/Rechenmaschinen/index.html
Adders in German: http://www.rechenwerkzeug.de/kleinadd.htm
Michel Bardel's list of mechanical machines since 1820:
http://calcollect.free.fr/machines/macha.htm

Other collector's pages:
Fred's Mechanical Calculator's http://users.skynet.be/Fredscalculators/main.htm
JM Goldman: Good site for adders and mechanical calculators, arithmometers, comptometers

 

 

Below is a video of a clever adder made of wood and marbles (by Matthiaswandel):

 



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RetroCalculators.com is most interested in smaller mechanical calculators and mechanical adders (not electric or solid-state), as well as unusually shaped slide rules. If you have something that might be of interest, please contact us.

Disclaimer and Thanks

This site is dedicated to celebrating the ingenuity of mechanical calculating devices of all varieties. Many of the photos appearing here were taken by me, but others came from ebay auctions or other varied sources. If some photo or other intellectual property of yours appears on this website without proper credit or permission, please know that I beg your pardon and am dedicated to correcting such errors and omissions as quickly as possible. I would be honored to give proper credit, or if necessary, honor-bound to remove any material that should not appear, per your instructions.

To all the owners of photos or mechanical calculating devices that appear on this site and elsewhere, my thanks for sharing these marvelously clever items with the web community.

 

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