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Mechanical Calculator - CURTA Model II, 1966 Reg. No: ST 032813
- CURTA mechanical calculator. Model II. Made by Cortina AG. Mauren, Vaduz in Liechtenstein, 1966. The CURTA 'pepper-grinder' type mechanical calculator was re-designed from memory by Curt Herzstark while he was a prisoner in Buchenwald concentration camp during the Second World War from his 1938 Austrian patent. The first example was manufactured in Liechtenstein in 1947. The eleven 0-9 sliders on the side are input figures and sight holes in the top provide a readout. Calculations are performed by the rotating handle and/or the rotating top of the drum. The CURTA can perform addition, subtraction, division, roots, squares and many other calculations. The retail price in 1966 for this model was US$120.00 in a metal carrying case.
- CURTA mechanical calculator.
- Acquisition Information:
- Unknown from Unknown, 1982
|Dimensions:||110 mm (Length)|
|Tagged with:||calculating devices, mechanical calculators, concentration camps, world war ii 1939-1945|
|Themes this item is part of:||Engineering Collection, Information & Communication Collection|
|Primary Classification:||COMPUTING & CALCULATING|
|Model Name/Number:||Model II|
|Manufacturer:||Contina Ltd, Liechtenstein, circa 1965|
The CURTA Calculator Page (accessed 4 August 2011) http://www.vcalc.net/cu.htm#school
Jan Meyer's Curta Simulator (accessed 4 August 2011) http://www.vcalc.net/curta_simulator_en.htm