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question for bijou
« on: July 29, 2009, 07:40:54 PM »
bijou, madam, someone just dropped off a cash register, which I'm supposed to take to the "big city" tomorrow (Thursday) to drop off for repairs.

While contemplating the keyboard of this cash-register, I'm wondering about something.

You're probably not old enough to remember, but from since time immemorial until decimalization in 1971, the British had a delightful system of money; a great system, and it was too bad they abandoned it.

It was four farthings to the penny, twelve pennies to the shilling, five shillings to the crown, four crowns to the pound, and 21 shillings to the guinea.

Along with the intermediate values of the half-penny, the threepence, the sixpence, the florin, the half-crown, and the double florin (admittedly, use of the last was rare).

Meaning of course that three columns had to be used, xx/xx/xx for pounds, shillings, and pennies.

It was a great system, and it's not like one had to be an Einstein to figure it out.

Have you, madam, by any chance ever seen an antique cash-register over there, that used this system?  If you have, how were the keys arranged?
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Re: question for bijou
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2009, 03:39:38 PM »
No luck as yet finding a close up photo of the keys to a till. Still looking!