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History of The Cash Register

The inventor of the first working version of a mechanical cash register was James Jacob Ritty of Dayton, Ohio. Ritty was a bar keeper who owned his own saloon, The Pony House, which was a local hotspot in his home town.

One of the biggest problems Ritty had in his bar was that some of his employees were dishonest. Rather than depositing the customers money they would pocket it and keep it for themselves. Ritty got tired of this behaviou.r In 1878, he came up with an idea for a possible solution to the problem, while on a steamship to Europe.

On the ship, Ritty became intrigued by a mechanism that counted how many times the ships propellor went around. He wondered if something like this could be made to record the cash transactions made at The Pony House. As soon as he got home to Dayton, Ritty and his brother John began working on a design for such a device. Their third design was a success and became the prototype for the cash registers we use today.

The design operated by pressing a key that represented a specific amont of money. There was as yet no cash drawer. Ritty patented the design in 1879 as "Ritty's Incorruptible Cashier".
He opened a small factory to manufacture cash registers while still operating the saloon. Shortly thereafter, Ritty became overwhelmed with the responsibilities of running two businesses, so he sold all of his interests in the cash register business to Jacob h. Eckert of Cincinnati, a china and glassware salesman, who formed the National Manufacturing Company. In 1884 Eckert sold the company to John H. Patterson, who renamed the company the National Cash Register Company

Patterson continued to improve on Ritty's invention, adding spare rolls to reconcile the days transactions in each price range. This worked by building a hole puncher into each cash register while the paper would have separate invisible columns that would stand for cents and dollars. If the paper had two holes punched in dolars column, for example, and 50 holes punched n the cents colnumn, the total would be Two dollars + fifty cents. When a transaction was completed, a bell rang on the cash register + the amount was stored on a large dial on the front of the machine. During each sale, a paper tape was punched with holes so that the merchant could kepp track of sales. At the end of the day, the merchant could add up the holes and therefore his daily cash.

Improvements in the cash register followed from the business Ritty had created. For example, in 1906, while working at the National Cash Register company, inventor Charles F. Kettering designed a cash register with an electric motor. The National Cash Register Company became NCR Corp in 1974. Today NCR makes business machines including cash registers, that use computer technology + electronics.

Ritty died in 1918, however his cash register concept lived on.

Casio Cash Register History

Casio’s first cash register came along in 1976, the sigma-50ER. Since then the range offered by Casio has increased considerably, with products now offering PC networking and connectivity to mobile EPOS systems, barcode scanning for stocktaking and a number of features to make our cash registers easy to use, durable and practical.

Samsung Cash Register History

In the late 1980`s Samsung began selling machines in the U.K.
The range was quite limited although build strength was quite high. Samsung have continued to develop excellent new models since.
In 2003 Samsung sold their cash register business to Sam4S.
The new company manufactures a new breed of excellent, high specification cash registers.

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