Take another look at the cash register: it’s not just your father’s adding machine

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NCR cash registers are not just functional they are also works of art.

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The cash registers manufactured by Dayton’s National Cash Register Company were not just tools of business — they were also objects of art.

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Here are three things to know about the beautifully designed machines: 

1. There are close to 200 cash registers on display at Carillon Historical Park. The display was designed to look like a jewelry store.

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2. The cash registers gleam in brass, bronze and nickel. The cabinets are decorated with intricately scrolled metals and inlaid wood.

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3. Between 1908 and 1918, National Cash Register manufactured more than one million machines. In the 1920s it built a million more.

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