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Sterling "add-it" Dial-a-matic Adding Machine

compoundeye

Louth, United Kingdom

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Decided to make the best of a rare commodity this afternoon – Winter sunshine – and shoot another window sill still life picture…

I’ve always been intrigued by keys, dials, buttons & the like… and occasionally noodle around on EBay looking for suitably unusual doodahs & wotsits to bid for. I missed out on a groovy ‘See-it’ transparent adding machine and a very odd pocket comptometer [Is that a comptometer in your pocket, or are you just pleased to see me..?] BUT I got lucky with this superb desk top version of the Sterling mechanical adding machine from 1957.

So far, I’ve not seen another 5 digit desk top [angled with a wide ‘foot’ instead of flat for handheld use] version for sale, and those on collectors websites don’t have the lining around each dial either. A rarity? – ‘probably’, given that it was made as a cheap plastic throw-away item and ‘almost definitely’, given the more stylized markings…

My “add-it” is in perfect ‘tight’ [as new] working order, with just a few abrasions on the red dials. Adding any figure to a ‘9’, or subtracting any figure from a ‘0’, causes any preceding digits to carry accordingly with a satisfying CLUNK!

Just the thing if you have thousands of pounds lying around the house to count, or “thysands of pynds lying arynd the hyse to cynt” as one would probably [if somewhat carefully] say in that position…

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