The Cash Register

Invented by James Ritty, Flyer by Samuel Lopes


The cash register was invented by James Ritty and a friend in 1879. He owned a bar in Dayton, OH and wanted to find a way to stop his employees from stealing from him. Based off a tool that counted the rotation of a paddle wheel, the idea was that when an employee rang up a customer, he or she would have top press a total key to get change. The total key would ring a bell, alerting the owner that a sale had taken place. The original did not automatically print receipts, so the cashier would have to write it out by hand. Ritty and the friend started a cash register company. However, he soon sold it to Jacob Eckert because of the problems of running two businesses. Jacob Eckert sold it to John Patterson in 1884, who renamed it the National Cash Register Company and improved the register by adding a paper roll for receipts. More improvements followed, including a motor and a model that could switch currencies and used decimals.
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The Original Patent

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TheNational Cash Register

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The Modern Cash Register

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