High Keyboard Machines
group of adding machines comprising all high keyboard
machines. (Models 1 – 17)
High keyboard machines were
the first machines built by the American Arithmometer Company and, later, the
Burroughs Adding Machine Company. Designed
to be used in banks, the machine also became the machine of choice to businesses
construction of these machines included the famous glass sides, later copied in
one form or another by other manufacturers, which allowed the “wonder” of
the mechanism to be seen and appreciated by buyers. Some of the low cost models like the Model 6X did not have
glass on the sides.
most Burroughs machines, the number of columns and the type of carriage varied
widely to meet the different needs and application of the user. Wide
carriages usually moved from side to side to allow listing (printing) on wide
forms, such as journal pages.
Perhaps the most commonly
found Burroughs machine, the Group A machines are highly valued by collectors,
especially non-electric models in good condition.
A bit of trivia, you may have heard the term “T Totaller” used to describe a person who stayed away from drinking and was very formal and precise. Well, the term came from bankers using the Class 2 machines, which had a key on the keyboard that was marked “T Total”.
– (Series H Machines) Single counter (total), high keyboard, blind printing (not visible at print
Date Range -- 1895-193x
Original Price -- $300-$800
Today’s Value -- $125-$400
American Arithmometer “The Burroughs“
Class 1, Model 7
Very old Class 1
Nice wide carriage
2 – Two counter, high keyboard,
Date Range -- 1910-193x
Original Price -- $400-$900
Value -- $125-$400
Class 2, Model 9