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Burroughs Class 5 - Comptometer Style Calculator

This is the model Burroughs came out with in 1912. It closely resembles the comptometer, who at the time was probably the largest competitor to Burroughs in the commercial adding machine business. You might think of this something like HP putting an apple logo on its new laptops.

There were two versions of this machine, one offered 9 places and sold for $200 and the other offered 13 places for $300. These values were comparable to the prices of a new automobile in 1912. This model was tauted as taking up no more space on the desk than a single piece of paper.

These machines remind me of the first Texas Instrument electronic calculators that came out in the 1970s. They were about the same size and did not have printing capability. However, the LED display was astonishing and almost worth the $750 one had to pay for that early machine. Just think of it, $300 in 1912 and $750 in the 1970s and now you can buy a pocket calculator that would run circles around either of those other machines for something less than $10.

Well, the Burrough Model 5 wasn't around for long and they are pretty hard to find today. I surmise that the Comptometer Company (Felt and Tarrington) attempted to protect their technology and name and probably threatened law suits, if not actually filing one, and that Burroughs most likely capitulated and either discontinued the line or at least drastically reduced production and promotion of the model.

See the Comptometer story under the 1887 model one Comptometer offered for sale in the antique adding machine and calculator catagory.

Burroughs Model 5 serial# 180136

This model 5 Burroughs Comptometer Style calculator first came out in 1912 It features 9 rows of keys or 81 total keys. It is in good working order and we estimate its condition rating at 3,2. It is approximately 9.5 inches wide, 14.5 inches deep and 6 inches high.

In one of the photos we show it side by side with a Comptometer and one can easily see the close comparison.

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