World's First Cash Register

ID: 2003-19541

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1959

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 52, Folder 22

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Summary

Sheila Hershey rings up a "sale" on world's first cash register, which was placed in the Smithsonian Institution on July 1, 1959. Looking on is Stanley C. Allyn, Board Chairman of the National Cash Register Co., who presented the machine to Dr. Leonard Carmichael, Secretary of the Institution. The device was invented in 1879 by James Ritty, a Dayton, Ohio, cafe owner, who sold the rights to the machine for $1,000.

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 52, Folder 22

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

1959

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Topic

  • Cash Register
  • Inventions
  • Ritty, James
  • Office equipment and supplies
  • National Cash Register Co
  • Hershey, Sheila
  • Allyn, Stanley C

Form/Genre

  • Photographic print
  • Object
  • Person, candid

ID Number

2003-19541

Physical description

Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: person, candid; object; Medium: Photographic print

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