Type I, Serial #68909
This strange looking device has one of the most interesting
stories in computer history. The Curta mechanical calculator
was designed by Curt Herzstark during World War II while a
prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp. It was originally earmarked
as a gift to Hitler to celebrate the winning of the war. Instead,
Mr. Herzstark took his invention to the small country of Lichtenstein,
where it was manufactured and sold as the Curta Calculator.
Originally selling for $120, the little machine was very popular
among certain groups, especially car rally enthusiasts. Although
many were sold (140,000 of both types I and II), they are
considered to be a rare and collectible item, especially those
that are still operational.
Donor: Sam Spade