7 thoughts on “How to Sell NCR Cash Registers in 1917”

  1. My mother was 19 years old and going to business college that year. She wrote letters to men in uniform who were away at war.

    I like the appearance of the store.

  2. NCR was acquired by AT&T in 1991, name changed to AT&T Global Information Solutions in 1994…didn’t last long, spinoff announced in 1995 and accomplished in 1996. Still a public company, headquartered in Duluth GA, of all places.

    Burroughs lasted as an independent company till 1986, then merged into Unisys (which is still public but with a market cap under $1 billion)…the Burroughs name, and presumably some other assets, got sold off in 2010 to a Private Equity firm which operates something called Burroughs Payment Systems.

    I’m reminded of some lines from this song.

  3. My Dad bought one of the first mini computers – from Burroughs – a B-700. I think Digital is considered the first with the minicomputer – a dead category now as there are microprocessors and mainframes – with their PDP series, but the B700 was within a couple of years of the PdP series I think. Had 48kb of core memory if I am not mistaken – if you wanted another 8kb it was $8,000 I think?

    Two great innovators who, like Digital, couldn’t keep up changing with the changes. Digital is very sad – Ken Olson rode it up – and down. At one time they were #2 behind IBM (although admittedly a distant 2).


  4. We spent a lot of time playing with the Electronic Associates, Inc. EAI Mini-AC, in late 1970 we had at UOT at engineering department we enjoined the time working on it it was big and advanced thing we had at a time.
    It’s a miniature analog computer that was probably designed for training purposes, but could be used for a few interesting demos. It has most of the analog circuits you need to do math: integrators, adders, multipliers, limiters, comparators, switches, etc. It was programmed up with a bouncing ball in a box simulator (with gravity!).



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