Make your own 1952 Fraction-of-an-inch adding machine

Make your own 1952 Fraction-of-an-inch adding machine

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Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories writes –

Last weekend we took a trip to Urban Ore in Berkeley, where I found an incredible gem: this “Fraction of an Inch Adding Machine.” It’s a simple to use device that lets you add any number of fractions– from 1/64 to 63/64– quickly, automatically, correctly, and without thinking about it.

As proudly proclaimed on the bezel itself, this calculator design is covered under patent Des. 169941, submitted in 1952, and granted a 14-year term in 1953. Forty years after the patent has expired, it’s painfully obsolescent, and yet remarkably charming. The design is so simple and so obvious in how it works, and yet… there’s something almost magical about it.

But enough talk. Want to play with one? Using our pdf pattern and some office supplies, you can make a working replica in 5-10 minutes and try it out yourself!

Make your own 1952 Fraction-of-an-inch Adding Machine – Link.

2 thoughts on “Make your own 1952 Fraction-of-an-inch adding machine

  1. fstedie says:

    Wow, someone got this for a dollar! I’m a school teacher and I would have gladly paid much more for this gem. Congrats!

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