"Quantotar Addiator" calculator for addition and substraction of British Weights

1924 in Berlin
Quantotar Addiator' calculating apparatus for addition and

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Quantotar Addiator' calculating apparatus for addition and
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"Quantotar Addiator" calculator for addition and substraction of British Weights, Tons Cwts, Qrs, Lbs, and Ozs; with stylus and pencil (in one piece), mounted in pocket book; capacity nine figures

The ‘Quantotar’ is a pocket-sized mechanical calculator or slide adder by the Addiator company adapted for calculation of weights in the Imperial system. On one hand, the machine is calibrated in tons (decimal), hundredweight (Cwt, base 20), quarters (Qus, base 4) which were used for bulk and bagged goods e.g. cement and stock. On the other it’s in pounds (Lbs, base 28), and ounces (Ozs, base 16) mostly used for domestic use.

The Addiator-Gesellshaft Company was founded in 1920 by Carl Kübler and Otto Meuter in Berlin, Germany. Germany and the two families of Kübler and Meuter involved in six competing brands became the major manufacturers of slide adders from 1920s to 1970s, when their production stopped abruptly after models were available in low prices worldwide. Their success made the Addiator name being used to describe all calculators of similar design.

After financial disagreements, Meuter left his partnership with Kübler and started his own company in 1928 introducing the ‘Produx’ model of calculators. The second World War and the split of West and East Germany at its end, disrupted both Kübler’s and Meuter’s companies and their production. Margot Kübler, Carl’s daughter, rebuilt the Addiator business in Berlin after the war while his son Hans-Wolfgang set up in opposition, initially building identical machines under the name "Addimult". Lucie Meuter, Otto's ex-wife who had filed a patent application for a novel slide adder in 1924, continued to build the Produx machines in East Germany using the name "Record", while their son Klaus revived the Produx line in the West.


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adding machine (stylus)