Posts tagged with 'curta'

Always give yourself an Xmas present

...And mine arrived this afternoon. Just stunningly beautiful, and the picture does it no justice whatsoever. You have to hold one in your hands, weigh its heft, feel the clicks as you wind the handle, peer at the little digits. Yes, it's a Curta Type I mechanical calculator, affectionately known as the peppermill. This one is probably from April 1964 (there's a whole lore about how to date one of these little beauties — I used the Curta, for practice) and if electronic calculators killed the slide...