Retro cash registers amazed people by figuring out exact change! (1950s & 1960s)

Retro cash registers amazed people by figuring out exact change

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Retro cash registers from the fifties & sixties

National Change Computing Registers return 100% a year on our investment!” – The Kroger Company, Cincinnati, Ohio

 “Another service to our customers… National cash registers that figure your change!”

“We have built our business through constant search for ways to give Kroger customers better service. That is why we are now installing National cash registers that figure our customer’s change.

Vintage grocery store cash registers from the 50s - 1957

“These registers complete the cycle of protection for both customer and store. They show, at the top of the register and on the receipt, that every step of the sale is handled correctly… price charged for each item, kind of merchandise, total purchased, tax (if any), money or check given checker, and exact change due customers.”

“Change is figured accurately. Cash shortages at the end of the day are reduced to the minimum. Time is saved. Customers are pleased because they are served faster and better.

“To date, we have purchased more than 3,200 of these new registers for our 24 branches and 4 Kroger subsidiaries. We estimate that these registers return us 100% every year on our investment, through savings and other benefits.”

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Checkout cashier and register from 1966

Grocery store shoppers: Your change automatically figured! (1954)

Vintage grocery stores and supermarkets - 1954

’50s retro cash register & a little boy in a beanie hat

Boy at supermarket cashier and cash register - 1955

Kresge’s new supermarket registers figure your change! (1956)

“National change computing registers save their cost every year in our expanding check-out store program.” SS Kresge company, Detroit

To give still better service to our millions of customers throughout the nation, more and more Kresge Stores are being built, especially in new shopping centers. And we have taken two other important steps.

1. We are opening check-out stores where customers take all of their purchases to the checkout stand for totaling and payment in one operation.

2. We are installing Nati9nal ‘change computing’ cash registers which (in addition to showing every step in the transaction) also mechanically, instantly figure out the change due the customer.

Vintage grocery stores and supermarkets - 1956 (4)

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National Food stores (1957)

“Serving you better… thanks to National Cash Registers that figure your change!”

The National Cash Register Company, Dayton, Ohio (NCR)



Lots of paper grocery store receipts from 1956

Lots of paper grocery store receipts from 1956

Vintage Victor cash register (1966)


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  1. The cash register at my parents’ restaurant didn’t figure change, but doing it yourself wasn’t really that hard. You don’t do it by subtraction, but by addition. Tab is $1.36, customer gives you a $5 bill, you just count up from $1.36. Four cents makes $1.40, then 60 cents more for $2, then three ones to make $5. The register didn’t figure sales tax either, so we had to look that up on a little laminated chart and punch it into the register before getting the total.

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