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IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000129901D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Dec-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-07
Document File: 2 page(s) / 78K

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EARL SWARTZLANDER: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This column examines the activities of two companies, Victor and Sundstrand, in adding machines. The Victor Adding Machines1 [Footnote] 1. Note: most of this material is drawn from the corporate biography of the Victor Adding Machine Company. This book describes the key people and the milestone products as well as the growth of Victor from a family dominated single product company to a diversified modem corporation. The Victor Adding Machine Company was founded on March 8, 1918. The first product was the Victor 110, a non-listing eight column full keyboard adding machine. A few of the original model 110 machines were marketed in 1919.

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Copyright ©; 1995 by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Calculators

EARL SWARTZLANDER, EDITOR

This column examines the activities of two companies, Victor and Sundstrand, in adding machines.

The Victor Adding Machines11

The Victor Adding Machine Company was founded on March 8, 1918. The first product was the Victor 110, a non-listing eight column full keyboard adding machine. A few of the original model 110 machines were marketed in 1919.

On August 15, 1921 an improved Victor 110. a listing (on paper tape) eight column full keyboard adding machine was introduced at the price of $100.00. Both the original 110 and the improved listing model were designed by Oliver David Johantgen (1875-1932).

In 1923 Victor began a national advertising campaign for the Victor 310 which was an eight column listing adding machine that sold for $100.00.

The Victor "Six," a six column listing adding machine, was introduced in 1926 with a price of $75.

In 1928 the Victor models 310S and 320S were announced. The model 310S is an eight column listing adding machine with the capability of subtraction. The model 320S is a 10 column adder subtracter.

In late 1931 the Victor 51 IS-12, (eight column) and Victor 521S-12, (10 column) electric adder subtracters were introduced. The 511 S-12 sold for $175.

Thomas O. Mehan designed the Victor 600 series (full keyboard) and 700 series (10 key) Bakelite case adding machines in models with five columns, six columns and eight columns. These machines were introduced in 1939 and sold for $47.50. $55.00, and $70.00, respectively.

Oscar I. Sundstrand designed the Victor printing calculator (with add, subtract and multiply capability) introduced in May 1954. An improved version with division was marketed starting in November 1955.

The Victor Adding Machine Company was founded on March 8, 1918. By 1925 Victor had sold 100,000 adding machines. They had produced 1,000,000 adding machines by May 1952 and 1,500,000 by 1958. In October 1961 the Victor Adding Machine Co. merged with the Comptometer Corp. to form the Victor Comptometer Corp.

1 1. Note: most of this material is drawn from the corporate biography of the Victor Adding Machine Company. This book describes the key people and the milestone products as well as the growth of Victor from a family dominated single product company to a diversified modem corp...