Vintage City machines now displayed in City Hall
Want to see how far technology has come? Check out the vintage items on display in City Hall. They include an adding machine, change dispenser and a finance payroll book.
- The Burroughs portable adding machine was first used by City staff in the 1940s. While it has “portable” in its name, it’s nothing like the calculators we’re familiar with today. The Burroughs adding machine weighs in at a hefty 22 pounds.
- The Brandt Automatic Cashier (made between 1899 and 1916) was invented by Edward J. Brandt, a Wisconsin bank cashier. The machine dispenses change automatically when the user strikes a key, eliminating the need to select coins by hand. It was used by City staff to dispense change in amounts between 1 and 99 cents. During its heyday, the Brandt Automatic Cashier received accolades from around the world.
- A 1932 City of Minneapolis Finance payroll book opened to the second half of August. Each line shows an employee name, title, monthly pay rate and partial month’s pay.
These items are located in a display case on the mezzanine level of City Hall, near the elevators, on the Fifth Street side of the building. They will be on view through the end of the year.
Published Jun 13, 2017