Yard Clerk - N&W Magazine, April 1929

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RE: Early Office Museum
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 3:28 PM
From: "Early Office Museum" <eomcurator at hotmail.com>
To: f_scheer at yahoo.com

The machine in the YARDCLRK photo resembles a combination typewriter/adding machine, also known as a bookkeeping machine.  However, I do not recognize the model.  I have forwarded your email to three people with expertise in typewriters and adding machines to see if they recognize it.

Mark W Frankena
Early Office Museum
<eomcurator at hotmail.com>
Alexandria VA

To: eomcurator at hotmail.com
Subject: Re: Can You Identify Machine in YARDCLRK.jpg Photo Attached
From: tarsholes at aol.com
Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2012 15:35:10 -0500

Hi Mark:  It's a Dalton ten key adding machine.

Tom Russo

FW: Can You Identify Machine in YARDCLRK.jpg Photo
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 11:48 AM
From: "Early Office Museum" <eomcurator at hotmail.com>
To: f_scheer at yahoo.com


I heard back from two experts who say it is a Dalton 10-key adding machine.    You can read about this machine on my web site:


What I have there is:

Dalton Adding Machine
Patented 1899-1912 ~ Prototype 1902 ~ Advertised 1909-28
Addograph Manufacturing Co, St. Louis, MO (1903)
Adding Typewriter Co., St. Louis, MO (1903-09)
The Dalton Adding Machine Co., Poplar Bluff, MO (1909-14), Norwood, Cincinnati, OH (1914-16)
1915 Price $125-$150; 1926 Price $100
Dalton merged with other companies to become Remington Rand in 1927.
1918 ad stated "2000 Daltons serving the Government in times of peace." 1919 ad stated that the US government had over 3,000 Daltons. A later ad stated "The United States Government uses over 4000 Daltons" and indicated that "Tens of Thousands" were in use. An undated ad stated "Choice of 50,000 users."
The 1928 Remington Rand catalog offered Dalton adding-listing machines ranging from models similar to the one pictured here (but without glass sides) to bookkeeping machines and a bookkeeping cash register.

February 29, 2012

Thanks for checking and identifying the adding machine in at photo appearing on the front cover of the Norfolk & Western Railway Magazine, April 1929. I'll watch for one on eBay since it was unlikely that these were marked N&W even though they might have been included on property inventory reports within the company. I have an Underwood all-capitals typewriter that was used by railroad employees to typing waybills, telegram messages for delivery, and train orders. An adding machine from the 1920s would be a nice display item at Boyce Railway station, as well as the style of table that it is upon in the photo. I hope you can visit sometime and see some of the other railway office artifacts and furnishings in the collection, on display in the agent's office.

Best wishes,

Frank Scheer
f_scheer at yahoo.com
Former N&W Railway depot at:
117 East Main Street
Boyce, VA 22620-9639
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