New Technology, 1903

Today, reports of the latest smart phone arrive daily, and we take things like barcodes and online shopping in stride.  In April 1903, the weekly Skidmore Standard reported the town’s latest new technology development:

New Cash Register

The Spot Cash Store put in, this week, one of the latest patented National cash registers.  It is one of the best, if not the best, register we have ever seen.  It registers all cash, credit or expense account and at the end of each day’s sales it requires the work of only a few minutes to balance all accounts.  The register has a credit checking system in connection which gives each customer a statement of his account with each and every credit purchase.  With the use of the National cash register the extra expense and worry of bookkeeping is done away with.

If you’d like to see a lovely photograph of a 1903 National cash register, please take a look at Neva Spell Photography’s Flickr feed.  It’s easy to see why the Skidmore Standard was impressed with the model when it was new.

Ad for the R B Foster store, owner of a new 1903 National cash register
The R. B. Foster store, Skidmore’s Spot Cash Store, was a frequent advertiser in the Skidmore paper. Foster eventually sold his store to Mervyn Gray and Susie Ashbrook.

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