Vintage Calculator Tour - documentary




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Published on Dec 26, 2015

This video is a documentary/tour of 26 calculating devices, most of them vintage, that I have in my collection. I have selected those from the collection that have personal meaning for me because I used or owned them during my childhood and adult life, or because they have significant historical importance. For the oldest types, I include a brief primer or tutorial on his the devices were used. I end with the most recent models from my personal calculating history, even those could not be considered as vintage.

The calculators are, in order of presentation:
1) Abacus (Japanese/soroban type)
2) Napier's Bones
3) Pangborn adding machine
4) Burroughs model 50501 adding machine
5) Slide rule
6) Sterling "Dial-a-Matic" adding machine
7) Electronic desktop calculator
8) Bowmar 901B (Craig labeled) "Bowmar Brain"
9) TI-2510 "Datamath"
10) Litronix 2230
11) Rockwell 63R "Scientific Slide Rule"
12) TI-30
13) Novus 4525 "Scientist PR"
14) Novus 650 "Mathbox"
15) Novus 750
16) TI model SR-51-II
17) TI-58
18) Hosiden/Satolex "Calcupen"
19) Sharp EL-5805 "ELSI MATE"
20) Radio Shack "TRS-80 Pocket Computer" (re-badged Sharp 1211)
21) TI-66
22) Casio SL-760 credit card calculator

23) HP-20S
24) TI-30Xa
25) HP-35s
26) Spikenzie Labs neo-retro calculator

Sorry that this video is only standard definition. At an hour and 45 minutes long, the high definition video that I shot is apparently too much for my video editing software, and it would always crash when trying to render a high definition output file. I only got it to work when I selected standard definition output.


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