Vintage British Calculators

Old hand-held calculator
Old electronic calculator

British names appear on many vintage calculators.
Some are manufacturers, some are marketing companies selling other manufacturers calculators under their own names, and some are chain stores selling other manufacturers calculators under their own names in store.

This site is part of the Vintage Calculators Web Museum.
Minor updates to this site are regularly being made.

Last significant update 15th March 2019                 Update Information

 

British companies which had their own names on calculators:

Click on a picture or an underlined company for more details and  photographs

Abatron 803

Abatron - Hand-held calculators from Business Electronics Ltd.

AddoX 9675

Addo (Britain) Ltd. - Manufacturer & Marketing company, Mechanical & Electronic calculators.
Subsidiary of Addo AB, of Malmö, Sweden

 

Adwel Adding Machines Ltd. - Marketing company, Mechanical Desk calculators.
Distributor of Scandia calculators.

Advance calculator

Advance Electronics - Manufacturer, Electronic Desk & Hand-held calculators.

Calate Supacal

Advanced Telecommunications Ltd. (ATE) - Manufacturer, hand-held electronic calculators, under the Calate and Taktile names.

 

Agrell - Manufacturer, Mechanical.
Manufactured for Addo, see above.

Ajax 2500

Ajax - Hand-held electronics calculators, marketed by Acme Electronics (Finsbury) Ltd.

aml M-48

aml - Marketing, Electronic - Desk & Hand-held.

Anita Calculator

Anita - Trade name of Bell Punch and Sumlock, Electronic - Desk & Hand-held.
Anita calculators and their development are described in detail on the associated site "Bell Punch Company and the Anita Calculators".

 

Automatic Business Machines Ltd. - Marketing company, Mechanical & Electronic calculators.
Distributors of Curta hand-held mechanical calculators, and Casio calculators.

Bell Punch Calculator

Bell Punch Company Ltd. - Manufacturer, Mechanical & Electronic Desk & Hand-held calculators. Produced the world's first electronic desktop calculator.
Sold under the names Anita, Sumlock, Plus, & British Computator Corporation.
Bell Punch calculators and their development are described in detail on the associated site "Bell Punch Company and the Anita Calculators".

Binatone

Binatone - Marketing company, Electronic Hand-held.

 

Block & Anderson - Marketing company, Mechanical & Electronic.
A member of the Ozalid group of companies.
Distributed many calculators, including those by Facit, & Marchant.

Boots 424

Boots - National chain store, selling Electronic Hand-held calculators, made by others, under its own name.

 

BOSCO. (Bulmer's Office Supply Co.) - Marketing company, Mechanical Desk calculators.
Distributors of Lagomarsino  Numeria, and Sharp calculators.

 

Brinlock - Marketing company, Electronic, Hand-held calculators.

Busicom calculator

Broughtons of Bristol - Marketing company, Mechanical & Electronic, Desk & Hand-held calculators.
Were distributors for Busicom, Nippon Calculator, and also for various periods  Rheinmetal, Supermetal, Soentron, Mercedes, Triumphator, Minerva, and Flying Fish.

 

Busicom Business Machines - Marketing company, Electronic Desk & Hand-held calculators (see Broughtons of Bristol).

Calate Supacal

Calate - Electronic Hand-held calculators manufactured by Advanced Telecommunications Ltd. (ATE).

 

Caltec - Manufacturer, Electronic calculators.

Comptometer 992

Comptometer (Felt & Tarrant) - Manufacturer, Mechanical calculators.
Felt & Tarrant assembled some Comptometers in Britain using parts manufactured in the U.S.A. and locally.  For more information see the Comptometer page on the Vintage Calculators site.

 

Control Systems - Holding company owning Bell Punch Company, Anita and Sumlock.
Bell Punch calculators and their development are described in detail on the associated site "Bell Punch Company and the Anita Calculators".

Coop801M_1_t

Co-op - National consumer co-operative.

 

Data Devices - Manufacturer, Electronic calculators.

Decimo calculator

Decimo - Marketing company, Mechanical & Electronic, Desk & Hand-held calculators.

 

Detson - Marketing company, Electronic Hand-held calculators.

Dixons Prinztronic calculator

Dixons - National chain store, Electronic Desk & Hand-held calculators under the brand name Prinztronic.

Exactus calculator

Exactus Business Machines - Manufacturer, Mechanical Hand-held calculators.

Fi-Cord MF 8

Fi-Cord - Marketing company, Electronic Hand-held calculators. Was a joint British distributor of the Anita hand-held range, and also of hand-held electronic calculators produced for it by Advance Electronics.

 

Geeta - Marketing company, Electronic Hand-held calculators.

Geller Teal LE-8

Geller - Marketing company, Electronic calculators.

Gemini 1

Gemini - Hand-held calculators.

Gross calculator

Gross Electronic Calculators Ltd. (a subsiduary of Gross Cash Registers Ltd) - Manufacturer, Electronic Desk calculators.

Guy’s Britannic

Guys Calculating Machine Ltd. , Wood Green, London - Mechanical Desk calculators. "Britannic" was their trade name.

House of Fraser calculator

House of Fraser - National chain store, Electronic Hand-held calculators.

Imperial calculator

Imperial - Marketing company, Mechanical & Electronic, Desk & Hand-held calculators, under 'Imperial' and 'Royal' names.

 

Interton - Marketing company, Electronic Hand-held calculators.

 

Isambard Ltd. - Marketing company, Mechanical desk calculators. Distributors of Nisa and Cellatron calculators.

 

Kingson - Marketing company, Mechanical Addiator type calculators.

London Computator Corporation 509S

London Computator Corporation - Marketing company for early Bell Punch key-driven mechanical calculators (see Bell Punch and Sumlock).
Bell Punch calculators and their development are described in detail on the associated site "Bell Punch Company and the Anita Calculators".

Memory Devices calculator

Memory Devices - Manufacturer, Electronic - Hand-held calculators.

 

Memory Master - Marketing company, Electronic Hand-held calculators.

Muldivo calculator

Muldivo - Marketing company, Mechanical calculators.
Distributed the calculators of many manufacturers, including Guy's, IME, Madas, Precisa, Thales, Walther.

 

Newlyn Electronics - Manufactured the Gemini range of hand-held electronic calculators.

 

Office and Electronic Machines Ltd. - Marketing company, Mechanical Desk calculators.

Okhai 8P

Okhai of Scotland - Marketing company, Electronic Hand-held calculators.

Phytron 32

Phytron Electronics Ltd. - Marketing company, Electronic Desktop and Hand-held calculators.

Plus 509/S

Plus - Brand name of Bell Punch Co. early Mechanical "Compometer" calculators.
Bell Punch calculators and their development are described in detail on the associated site "Bell Punch Company and the Anita Calculators".

Plustron 108

Plustronics (a division of Photopia International) - Marketing company, Electronic Hand-held calculators.

Prinztronic calculator

Prinztronic - Trade name of Dixons national chain store, Electronic Desk & Hand-held calculators.

Pye calculator

Pye - Marketing company, Electronic Hand-held calculators.

Radionic

Radionic - Electronic kit supplier, listed under Sinclair.

Radofin Valueman 1610

Radofin - Marketing company, Electronic Hand-held calculators. Triton was a registered trade name of the company.

 

Semicomps Limited - Marketing company, Electronic Hand-held calculators - See Calate.

 

SET - Electronic calculators.

Shibuya_1_t

Shibuya - Electronic calculators.

Sinclair calculator

Sinclair - Manufacturer, Electronic Hand-held calculators.

 

E.G. Solomon - Marketing company, Mechanical Desk calculators. Distributor of Schubert calculators.

 

Sovrin - Marketing company, Electronic Hand-held calculators.

Sumlock calculator

Sumlock & Sumlock Comptometer - Trade names of the Bell Punch Company and distributors of their calculators,  Mechanical & Electronic, Desk & Hand-held.
Bell Punch calculators and their development are described in detail on the associated site "Bell Punch Company and the Anita Calculators".

Taktile - Hand-held calculators, a trade name of Advanced Telecommunications Ltd. (ATE).

Triton 1400

Triton - Hand-held calculators, a trade name of Radofin.

Tealtronic SM-8

Tealtronic - Marketing company, Hand-held calculators.

Texet 880

Texet - Marketing company, Electronic Desk & Hand-held calculators.

 

Foreign companies which had British made calculators

Adler 81

Adler - Early hand-held model made by Sumlock-Anita Electronics. Anita calculators and their development are described in detail on the associated site "Bell Punch Company and the Anita Calculators".

 

Burroughs - Manuf & marketing, Mechanical & Electronic - Desk.

 

Commodore (cbm) - Manuf. & marketing, Electronic - Desk & Hand-held.

Gillette GPA

Gillette - The only Gillette calculator was manufactured by Sinclair.

Hanimex BC 808

Hanimex - Marketing - Hand-held.

 

Rockwell - Manufacturer & Marketing - Desk & Hand-held - also see Anita.

 

Texas Instruments - Marketing & Manufacture, Electronic - Desk & hand-held.
Commenced manufacture in 1974 in Plymouth[1].
Texas Instruments models known to have been manufactured in Britain :-

  • TI-1500
  • TI-2500 Datamath
  • TI-3500

 

British companies which made calculator-based games

 

Invicta Master Mind game

Invicta

Produced the Master Mind series.

 

 

Further information about British calculator companies will be gratefully received for inclusion on this site - please contact us.

 

References:

  1. Milton, R., Beaumont, A.J. (1974), Electronic Calculator Markets and Suppliers, 2nd. ed., Finresearch Series, London: Ovum, p40.

The first electronic Desktop calculators

Anita Mk8

An associated site with a detailed history of the development of the ANITA calculators, the first electronic desktop calculators is at "Bell Punch Company and the Anita Calculators".

Please note that this is a virtual calculator museum which only exists as photographs and text on this website, not as a physical display of calculators anywhere.
None of the calculators displayed is for sale.

The Vintage Calculator Web Museum is interested in acquiring early electronic calculators, and also calculator operating manuals, service manuals, teaching manuals, books, catalogs, and brochures.
If you have anything that you are willing to donate please contact me.

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Hints on navigating the site -

The navigation bars, in general, are at the bottom of each page - Press the "End" key on your keyboard to go to there.

Each of the sections shown above is separate.

Some pages occur more than once, in different sections. For example, the Anita Mk VII occurs in the "Desk Electronic" section and the "Anita" section.

A "~" character before a year indicates "about that year".

 

The site is updated as new information and photographs become available.

About this site.

Disclaimer: The information on this site is presented in good faith.  While we make great efforts to list accurate details we take no responsibility for any consequences for errors that may unintentionally be present.  Note that even over the few decades since the calculators shown here were new it can be very difficult to judge the accuracy of information provided by the various sources that have been used.  Be aware that information presented here may be updated as further detail becomes available.

 

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