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Olivetti Adding Machine

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1987F674
Collection:Social History
Date:1950 - 1960

Maker Information

Manufacturer:Olivetti - View history


This adding machine is a forerunner of the modern day calculator. It was used in the 1960s at a Liverpool company which imported wines and spirits, called Golding Hoptroff.Early calculating machines were slow and had no stored memories. Computers with this capacity became available for commercial use in the 1950s. They could be programmed to solve complex problems, but their size made them impractical for home use. It was the introduction of the microchip in the 1970s that enabled calculators to be made smaller, lighter, cheaper and much more powerful.

Further Information

Production Period:20th century
Place of Origin:Italy

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Height:29 cm
Width:19.5 cm
Depth:13 cm