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Seems more elegant than electronic calculators. I had purchased the smaller, type one, machine when I was in collage taking a surveying class. Later purchased the type II. I took care of it as though it was alive and my friend. Glad to see that there are other Curta people out there. I look at the unit and realize what an amazing machine it is. I do not want to sell it but I do have an interested in its value just in case I run into another one in the future.
Since having that machine I built a Altair computer, a old Sinclair computer. As you can see I am a collector, and still feel the Curta is the most amazing machine of them all! Curta is all new have paper case and menu and black case.
Bought new in for I don't remember how much. Beautiful shape in black platic case. No instructions or other incanabula. Metal Case, zeroing ring snapped but retained. I bought the Curta at Porta Portese the major flea-market in Rome for The seller asked me "What is it?
The calculator is in excellent condition and is complete of his metallic container. I bough a new Curta Type I SN in very special condition mint with instruction and the original box. I paid the Curta more or less one fourth of the amount of the Curta sold.
I bought a new Curta. I found them in a flea market at Campagnano Romano, a small town near Rome. I bought my Curta in the about I used it twice in rallying with my MG. It is in mint condition, and it has the metal case. I think I have the manual somewhere, but it would take some looking. Never used in earnest. I have the original black plastic case. I am the county surveyor for St. Johns County, the Curta was in a box with old survey field books which I found when sorting through things.
I have it on display in my office. I own a Curta II in a plastic case, serial , with instruction leaflet and a copy of the yellow computations manual. This is in excellent used condition. Bought from Bryan Halladay in England and was used in rallying.
I am learning to use it competently in historic rallying of my MGB Roadster. I am interested in trading for a mint Curta I or Curta II in a metal case that is complete with all literature and box. Also I would like to obtain a lether rally case as well. I am looking also for a complete Curta I in box with case, all original literature. I have located a "Curta cup" which attatches the Curta to a clipboard for rallying.
I am told that a cable was also attatched as another piece of rally gear. Perhaps someone could educate me about this cable affair. I am also looking for an excellent late Curta II,complete with box, original literature to use everyday, as well as a Curta I with all of its literature and box to round off my collection.
I have also located a "Curta cup" for a Curta I as well. This one has a metal zeroing ring. The serial number is Interstingly it fits into a second "Curta Cup" that I have obtained that is used to mount the calculator to a clipboard for the rally navigator to use, but my first year production Curta II will not fit into the same cup.
I will use this one for rallying as it is the correct type in age for my vintage SCCA rally car. I am interested in obtaining a full compliment of literature for this one as well.
I have just discovered that the "gizmo" that I found in an old "junk" store is famous. It has always been extremely fascinating to me and I have known from the time I first saw it that it was an extremely finely crafted item. I figured out a few of its functions from experimentation, but surely would like to know more. I intend to explore the web site a friend found for me and will learn more. If it is of interest, I will list the information about it as best I can. It is in very fine condition as is the case.
I believe my Curta has been in my family since new. I am proud to finally be allowed to touch it at age It is in beautiful condition in the left hand thread metal case. No manuals My father and grandfather sold office machines in Guatemala City, Guatemala from to They might have been factory dealers.
My father has passed away so the details are sketchy. Originally I was a master automotive technician. Although I am now deeply into computing and networks, nothing will ever fascinate me like the jewel-like mechanical workings of the Curta.
I was fascinated upon finding your site. I am thrilled at how many others revel at owning one of these jewels. Mine is in one of the metal cases with the left hand thread.
Unfortunately I had'nt looked at it for sometime but when I eventually did open it the packing that holds it in place had melted my office does get warm and ran onto the top of the machine.
Any ideas as to how to remove it it's now hard and can a new packing be obtained. This Curta was assembled in June by Mr. Kleinecke was in charge of servicing Curtas after Contina was bought by Hilti. He was given all the spare-parts and the necessary machines to service and repair Curtas.
My sister bought this Curta for me a few weeks ago. Kleinecke assembled it from spare parts. He says this will be the last machine he can assemble since it uses up the last remaining spare-parts of two out of the over parts. It came in the original black container and looks brand-new. Kleinecke took down my address and had to be assured that the machine will be appreciated and not just sold. It is a truely marvelous piece of engineering and one has to admire the people who had the skill, the patience and the persistence to think up and produce such a thing.
This Curta is close to "as new" condition, but of course the case has a few tiny scratches and rubs. Turning the crank is almost as good as sex - but not quite. Its a joy to use as well as look at. I remembered them being used for car rallies when I was a teenager, and then saw one about 5 years ago in an exhibit.
That did it - I had to have one! Mine was owned by an engineer - but it didn't look like it had been used much. Too precious I guess. This Curta was purchased by my father at the factory in the early 60's I believe. It is a metal barrel in it's original metal reverse thread case with white rubber o-ring seal.
The base rubber in the case is a little hard and smelly, but all there. I use it as a curiousity to amaze children and modern adults who think that everything that was ever worth anything operated electronically. I am delighted to find this website and look forward to more information. My unit looks new. It is handsome grey with black knurled grips and flashy red and black number selectors. The unit is all metal with black metal case white rubber "0"-ring.
I do not have the manual; history unavailable. I want high dollars. I just recieved a Curta from my father. At this moment I'm trying to collect data about this wonderfull machine.
Curta Type I - Metal Case with right-turning tread. I am the original owner of a Curta Type I calculator. I purchased this Curta as a boy when I traveled to Europe with very good friends of my family.
We arrived in Paris, and all the "locals" had Curtas it seemed and were using them for currency conversion. We secured a car and drove to Liechtenstein, unaware that was where the Curtas were produced. My father had given me a certain sum of money for the trip, and when I saw the Curta, I had to have it.
The big decision was whether to get the Curta and nothing else the rest of the trip or save my money for other "souvenirs". Fortunately, I opted for the Curta.
Mine is Type I, serial , plastic case with the leather "rally case". I still have the original manuals.
I am currently looking for the original receipt of purchase which I think that I still have. I think but am not sure that this was purchased directly from Contina AG Mauren which is stamped on the bottom. I say this because I remember being admonished at the time of purchase that, barring abuse, the machine would need a routine cleaning in 10 years.
Please consider adding my to your list of proud Curta owners. My dad bought it in Europe while on a business trip. There's a customs slip still inside the case dated It is made in Liechtenstein. It is still in excellent working condition with the original manuals in good shape and the case still looks new. I got my Curta from my brother'sestate nine years ago. Never knew what it was until I came across this website wow! Left hand tread, plastic case--looks like it was seldom used.
May want to sell if price is good. I didn't know there were so many people interested in these little beasties! I saw a Curta about 20 years ago and fell in love with it. It's owner did not wish to part with it. However, a scientist friend retired recently and presented me with his which I didn't know he had! It's in very good condition, black metal case with a few scratches. Please enter me on your database.
I am interested in learning more about this calculator! It was given to me by a friend recently. The calculator is itself in very good workable condition, there are no manuals and the left hand threaded metal case is in fair condition no dents but scratched. Acquired Curta from a relative who was a petroleum engineer.
Has a black metal case opens to the right. I own a Type I, serial number , in the original metal case. Used it in concert with a slide rule in engineering school I purchased this new in Oct. The Curta is in like new condition, the plastic case is slightly scuffed.
I am interested in selling. Make me an offer. John Bellefleur, a good rally buddy of mine, had spoken to me about your site. I'm glad to join a select club who owns such a weird little machine. Even ran national events with it before we went to stage format. And won my share of rallies I might add. It has worked thousands of hours and still is in perfect order.
I use it sometimes as a calculator or when I organise TSD events. There was a saying here in Quebec among rally navigators: Would like to find out as much about it as possible. It's in mint condition but doesn't have a manual so all I've been able to figure out so far is how to add, subtract, and multiply with it. I got this from my wife.
Her mother suffered a stroke and she was cleaning out the house. She said it belonged to her late father. She remembers seeing the both of them at the kitchen table using the Curta to calculate the bills! Her father worked for the Utah Oil Refining Co. The machine is good condition with no major scratches. Some of the levers have some slight resistance which I attribute to the machine not being ever serviced and needing some oiling.
It has the metal case, no dings but some wear. All the lettering is readable and worn. I estimate the manufacture date to be around I know this because I have its cardboard box. It has a plastic reverse-screw case, and grey barrel. The story behind this CURTA is that it got dust in it, and the shaft would no longer turn, so my dad gave it to me to try to fix.
Using their other CURTA as a guide, I took it apart cleaned and lubricated it, and put it back together again, and to our delight, it worked. The only problem is now it smells like WD Bought at Stanford University Book Store in late s.
Counting register does not always properly carry to next column properly when subtracting. Since it sometimes works perfectly, I assume something needs lubricating. I have a Curta in good condition in its original metal case.
It was bequeathed to me in the mids. I also have the computing examples booklet, but no instructions. It appears to work very well, but has a sticky digit that needs to be re-cancelled sometimes in the counting register. Maybe I'll get round to servicing it one day.
Steve's dad [Clay Castleberry-registered above] gave him this Curta, because he is a real civil engineer. Good upbringing for a civil engr. The Curta belonged to my father who died in at the age of He was an architect. I had it for years and decided to sell it so that I could use the money to contribute towards a diamond engagement ring.
I didn't need the money but wanted to include my father. It was in mint condition the metal case was bruised but healthy overall. I too am the proud owner of a Curta II No. It is in good condition, however the pin for the hand crank has been lost and replaced with a paper-clip.
Any suggestions on getting a replacement pin? I have one Curta calculator that was given to me by an old family friend, 25 years ago. It came in a metal case but I lost the manual.
I have inherited this Curta from my grandfather, who bought it in Europe in the 's sometime. It was recovered from his effects after his death last year, and my father and I now have it. I bought my Curta from a survey chief when I was a Survey Engineer in I had used one before while working as a Govt. Metal case is well worn. Calculator has been used extensively.
However, it is still in excellent condition. Found your web site by chance. I had just moved the Curta from on place on a shelf to another and thought I would see if there was online info. What a piece of work these mini machines are. Although, at speed, that universal adage "GIGO" was especially applicable.
On occaision I take it to meetings so younger rallists can ponder this curious instrument. SN used, but very good condition SN nearly unused, excellent condition, but the small nose of the clearing lever is broken and lost.
I got both by auctions, one from the states and one from England. I'm still looking for a nice and not too expansive Curta II. Plastic Case Original Box and Manual I came across this treasure in the early 70's and will never part with it. It is the epitome of exquisite engineering! Just acquired from Portobello market in London. Curta I No The serial no was unreadable due to decomposed bungee in the bottom of the case, but this was cleaned off. I was delighted to find that it was an early one.
From the information on your site, I think this is The clearing ring has been broken. The machine has done a lot of hard work, and badly needs cleaning, but it all works. Gary Hays--I sold a type I at the same time. Used for TSD rally work for many yearsnow I just enjoy having it. It was and is a marvelous machine--a mark of wonderful engineering and workmanship.
I'm the original owner of this one. I bought it in , or maybe I remember seeing ads for them in Scientific American in the 60's, and then at some point they disappeared.
I hadn't bought one then because I was just a kid and couldn't afford it. One day, I realized that I hadn't seen those ads for a while, and maybe they were no longer available.
Do you want it? I recently discovered my late father's [Curta] , among my mother's things. I learned to use it as a child and was pleased to find it fully functional and in very good condition. The finger ring for the clearing lever is unfortunately broken off.
I assume that someone tried to put the machine in the metal case without retracting the lever. I would like to know if replacement parts are available. Bought it new around , had it cleaned and lubricated once. In perfect condx but case scratched.
It's in perfect condition with the canister for protection and a leather pouch that goes on a belt to hold the canister. It was given to me by Ted Ryan of Los Angeles about 20 years ago. He used it when he was a Civil Engineer working for the Road Department. Ted went on to teach electronics at a Los Angeles high school. I use it from time to time. I am a broadcast engineer and work as a consultant. Many times I've amazed people, maybe even shocked them, by pulling out the Curta and working some math with it for fun.
Sometimes they've even forgotten they were having a problem because of their intrigue with the strange "pepper mill" I was using to work math.
I plan on keeping my Curta and enjoying it. It has become like a part of the family. The fact that Ted gave it to me and what it is has given it a special meaning and place in my heart. Thank you for your page. Just obtained this from widow of owner. Mint condition with box same serial number , warranty card and documentation still rolled up around the plastic case. Wanted one since a rally driver let me use one in the early 60's. My uncle worked as an accountant in Esso Standard Oil here in Guayaquil back in the sixties.
This company owned all aircraft fueling operations in Ecuador, and every delivery needed some calculations. At that time, they did have some electric calculators, but safety regulations did not allow them near the airport pads where airplanes were refueled. Later, of course, all this got kilobyted and megahertzed and the Curta became a curious paperweight. I was 16 years old in and already [had] a slide rule and [was a] calculator collector My Type I is in perfect mechanical and aesthetical condition, I have the instruction booklet in Spanish and the metal case has a few minor scratches.
I am a Land Surveyor and have an extensive calculator collection. Although most of mine are the 70's period electronic pocket calculators, I really love my Curta I. I recently purchased two of these from a retired engineer and promptly sold the one in mint condition. I kept the other because it has the older metal case as well as a hand-made leather outer case made by his wife who did leather crafts.
It is like new; only slightly used. The manuals are with it. I also have the user manual in German. My father use it in his work as a Surveyor for the city of Detroit, MI. The case is metal. I have no manual. The case is left-hand threaded. Unit is in excellent condition. Found in a second-hand store in Windsor, Victoria, Australia, during a sliderule-hunt. When I told the shopowner I was looking for "calculators and the like" she pulled a familiar looking, round-topped black metal box from behind the counter, saying "I'm not sure if you'll find this interesting, but I think it's a calculator".
I happily paid the asking price, which was around half what they're getting at the moment. It's in fine condition, but tends to stick a bit when there are a few 'nines' involved in the setting knobs. No manual, of course, but it was easy enough to figure out how it worked. Something's wrong whith my Curta 2, The ring at the top of the machine is missing.
I'm looking for one. Mine is a type I Curta in metal case with left-hand thread. It belonged to a friend, who kindly sold it to me when he saw how much I wanted it. I'd wanted one ever since I saw the ads in Scientific American, but couldn't afford it. My type I is absolutely mint never used. Given originally as a gift to the original owner and put on the shelf until the estate sale. The type II was used in surveying. I love to run them and take square roots! Part of my collection of mechanical four function machines including a TIM stepped drum and many pinwheel calculators: German, Russian, English, Swedish.
Still active in rallying today. I was in a survey attachment to a medium artillery unit and the CURTA was used for gun placement and target calculations.
I didn't see another one until when living in Georgetown, Malaysia Penang in a survey and drafting equipment supply store. After many weeks of haggling over the price just prior to my departure, I intended to buy it with the allowances that I recieved for my return to Australia, but with the hassles of the move back home I forgot it, and it has been a sore point with me for all these years.
Every time I return to Asia or visit a second hand store I can be found trying to describe this calculator which doesn't require batteries to a juvenile store clerk who can't understand why I don't just by the latest 'Casio'. Only tonight did I think to look it up on 'the net' and I am pleased that there are like minded people out there who appreciate such a fine instrument.
The handle on the machine has been glued on before I aquired it. It doesn't effect its operation. Looking for a nice Type II and I also collect slide rules http: None had ever seen one of these before! Black metal case and no instructions, excellent mechanical conditions.
Bought my Type II in the early 60s when I first started rallying equipped. Bought the Type I from my boss, Bob Helmick, in the late 60s after he returned from a vacation in Liechtenstein. He bought it there on a whim. I talked him out of it. My Curta II is packed in a box somewhere in the basement. Took a twenty-five year detour through racing where it did not have much use, but am now back in rallying and still love to use this machine. Love your sight and the information, particularly leads to possible service when I need it.
I'm sure your first digit is "5". Also a duplicate number is usually inside the Curta under the bottom cover. It was probably from my grandfather in mid of 50's. It is in very good condition with metal case. If a good offer comes I can sell it. I have a Curta Model I. I actually had no idea what a Curta was and just thought I'd take a stab on the web to see if I could find out if this old fashioned calculator I've had for years is worth anything.
The year through the Curta equation came out to be The case is metal, turns counter clockwise and is in quite good condition with no dents, some scratches and wear marks on the predominant areas. The "calculator" itself is in excellent condition. I have a Curta Type II in its original box including operating instructions and computing examples for the Curta calculating machine. Munro frrom Manchester CEN. None of the manuals or instructions are dated. My father was unable to figure out how it worked, so he handed it off to me, I was 16 at the time.
After many attempts I did figure out how to use all the functions except square roots. Dad bought this Curta in the late 60's. He's a real estate appraiser, still working and going strong at However, the Curta holds more fascination for me than it does for him now.
Actually, I've always been intrigued by it, so Dad gave it to me recently. He'd rather play with spreadsheets on his PC. Mine is in original condition, with a plastic cylindrical case, the original cardboard box, the instruction sheet, sample calculations, and warranty card.
I saw two names of guys I knew in England and will contact them. I'm in the UK, he's in Australia. These were certainly either well marketed, or someone emigrated with his Mine is a family heirloom I intend to pass to my son. I just got passed down from my father this magnificent machine in great shape. Took awhile, and several peoples help to figure it out. It belonged to an accountant that worked for him in the early 60's.
Does any body have a set of instructions they would share? I didn't know what it was at first and figured out that it had some mathematical use after "playing" with it for awhile. Most of the family had assumed it was used for photograpy since the device was found in a drawer with some old Leica cameras and flashes. Uncle Ray was a carpenter and for years built bowling alleys. Eventually he built his own bowling alley.
Why he had a Curta, I'll probably never know. One interesting bit of information, Uncle Ray was born and raised in Liechtenstein. Have been admiring those units since a teenager. Couldn't have one at that time. It is impeccable and works smoothly like it was made last week. After discovering the amazing Curta calculator at the museum of HP Calculators I was looking for one during the last two years, finally finding one on the eve of the last christmas day on a local flea market here in Brasil who said there's no Santa?
The case doesn't feature the " Unfortunately, the clear ring was broken on my Curta, but the previous owner saved the missing part that I found in the bottom of the case. Complete with Black moulded case I love the left hand thread and Manual multiple folded single sheet in green and black I acquired the above from a colleague who previously used it to calculate CRT deflection system coil assemblies for TV sets during the late 60's early 70's. It remain unused until when during an office discussion about a project I was working on the subject came up about calcualting devices.
I was programming one of the HP calculators forget the model at the time and my colleague brought this in to show how it used to be done!! He left the company I was working about a year later, and prior to leaving he discovered that the Curta was still in his desk. He gave it to me as a parting gift - and what a gift - I have shown it to many people over the years and it has created lots of debates. For me its about the history, craftmanship and technology, but most of all the realisation that something like this will never again be produced certainly not commercially and that it represents a time before the charge for everything digital and computer based.
Nothing best demonstrates this than during the production period to ; only two versions entered into production. Cannot think of many modern devices having a mean life of Calculated using my olde Curta!! I inherited a Curta in excellent conditions and metal box, from my -now retired- late boss. Both we are biochemists, and I remember well my boss and his closest co-worker "grinding" numbers for calculating enzymatic activities from till !
I was about 25 years old. I restarted happily to "grind" numbers with the Curta Machine, rousing astonishment among the today youngs! I first used a Curta in the mid '60's as a lawyer in court, but have recently acquired the one referred to below which is really to good to use in a serious rally.
I also have three pieces of original literature. A single two sided page flyer "Who counts on Curta" - "Curta the calculator for people who count". I have also heard of, but never seen, a cable for use with the Curta in a rally environment.
I am reluctant to use my mint Curta in serious long distance classic rallies, so would like to purchase another "more used" Type II, cosmetic appearance unimportant provided that it is in perfect working order.
Original Owner was Jerry and Marry Stoughton. I had rallied in my late teens and early twenties during the late 's and had come to know the Stoughtons. At an unrelated after-event pub crawl Jerry and Mary indicated that retirement from Rally was imminent, and offered their Type II was for sale. I responded with "name your price and I'll pay it". I have used the wondrous tool on several occasions in TSD Rallies and done reasonably well.
I would love to find an opportunity to use it more. Plastic case, Instruction book lost. Curta was purchsed in U. It was also used at work electrical engineering when slide-rule precision was insufficient. I'm collecting pocket calculators. You can visit my museum at www. Thanks and happy collecting. My dad used this in the 60s while he was an appraiser. I always told him that I wanted it willed to me but he decided not to wait. Most people can't figure out what it is when they see it.
It was bought not long ago at a car boot sale. It is in perfect condition, it looks unused, even the case is perfect. This Curta is not for sale, we intend to pass it on to our grandson. I have a Curta Calculator, in perfect condition with metal canister and both manuals are in perfect shape.
According to your web page it's a model. This very unique machine is very special to me. As a child at the age of 8, I remember my Grandfather showing it to me and I was so impressed, after just one short encounter, I remembered 35 years later to ask for it after he passed on. I would be honored if you would register me in memory of my Grandfather: In memory of Col.
The metal cannister has a right-hand thread. The only markings on the cannister is: There is no other line work, etc. The 'O'-ring, internal bottom foam pad, internal top rubber clamping pad; are all there, and in excellent condition. On the barrell of the calculator, above the setting register is engraved: The second line is engraved in much smaller letters. The setting knobs are pegs, not the serrated slides that I have seen in all pictures of the calculator.
On the barrell on the opposite side of the setting register is engraved: It appears to have been used very little, if at all. The attached 'pictures' actually direct scans on the bed of my scanner are of poor quality, and are deceptive as to the condition of the calculator.
For example, the picture of the bottom of the calculator indicates that the lettering might be blurred, partialy missing and not sharp: In all of the pictures that I have seen, I have never seen a picture showing: Freiden electro-mechanical calculator which was on a sort of permanent loan to the University of Nottingham, England. Before I'd finished essential statistical calculations on fossil brachiopods, the company was taken over and Freiden machines on loan were recalled.
As an undergraduate in the late 50s, I had seen a Curta and I guessed that, in the crisis, it might be affordable to me as a private acquisition in order to complete my thesis. For the sum of about sixty pounds very painful at the time! I bought mine from a forgotten shop in Nottingham, UK, and I still have it.
I think the handbook will emerge from the lower stratum of papers in a desk drawer when I get around to tidying some day! I still have the cardboard box. I have only just discovered your site and learned just how much interest there still is in these mechanical marvels. I have been interested in mechanical things since a youngster with Meccano and still find fascination in this device which must be close to the ultimate of precision, pre-electronic age,consumer devices other than watches.
One of my favourite party pieces is to demonstrate how instrument-calculation was performed before the electronic calculator which youngsters seem to think was invented about the same time as fire!
Goodness knows what they'd think of a slide rule! My Curta is in perfect working condition and virtually unmarked although the aluminium oops! Interesting, though, that the rubber O-ring seal and the foam shock-absorber and cushion in the lid have all retained their elesticity and show no sign of having perished. There is something very satisfying about the 'feel' of these instruments, from the silkiness of the black anodised body to the amazingly smooth but positive movements.
Having owned mine for nearly 40 years I can't imagine ever parting with it although I suppose the time will come when I part from it! I recently inherited my father's Curta and am looking for an instruction manual. The Curta is in mint condition, and although I have figured out simple multiplication and division functions, I know that the computer is much more powerful than I can imagine. If you know of anyone willing to part with an instruction manual or even a copy thereof, I am definitely interested.
This unit in very good state has black metal case, french instruction book and original box. I had absolutely no idea that these calculators had such a following!!
Curta type II with computing examples and instruction manual. It also has a leather carrying case. The whole package is in mint condition. It is in a plastic container in a little cardboard box with a couple of manuals entitled: What an interesting device! I shall have to have another go, as it's still the best device for solving puzzles which require the result of a multiplication to have known digits in specified locations. This suggests that at that time L.
At some later date the service agreement was handed over to Automatic Business Machines Ltd. This label has now been partly lost, but their telephone number was one starting xxxxxx, so that must have been after the change from alphanumeric codes to all-digit ones. As a collectors of Antique Surveying equipment a Curta is a must. We purchased ours from a retired Surveyor. He was the original purchaser and kept both the instruction manual and what appears to be a pamphlet that describes the sales features for purchasing a Curta.
Are there spares available? I used it while working for Varian Associates in the design drafting department. I still like to demonstrate how the Curta works to friends and family. I still have the original box, instructions, and plastic case.
It's a great machine. My father gave me his early type I which he used for rallye racing. I got the poster and my engineer colleagues come to my office just to study it! My Curta has green body with top and bottom black, it's in mint condition with it's black metal case also mint.
I got it in a flea market in Mexico City at a ridiculous price. My dad was a surveyor in the 's and he showed me how to use his Curta when I was about 8 years old.
I have been fascinated with it ever since. When I dad passed away in , I inherited it and I will never part with it. I was given a Curta Type II about 20 years ago. I did not have any instructions on how it operates. This morning, I thought about this little machine sitting on the shelf in my den, and decided to do a Internet search. I can't tell you how delighted I was to find all this information. The secrets of this little jewel have been revealed.
I am not interested in parting with it. I suspect my grandparent used it when ralleying. I do not have the paperwork. But I do have that left twist metal case. I got my Cueta from a friend who was a road rallyest for many years. It looks brand new. It is a type 1 in a metal case whose top turns off in a clockwise direction. It was used to coordinate the time, odometer reading and mileage from the last check point.
Along with my Curta calculator I have the operation manual, a booklet entitled "Computing examples for the Curta Calculating Machine'" published by Contina AG, Vaduz and the guarantee dated I am really not interested in selling these items along with my slide rule collection. I was surprised to see a page dedicated to the Curta and think it's great. My Dad bought his back in while being a Surveyor.
I remember using it many times while working with him though I was only 14 years old at the time. I am a Surveyor also and have since been Licensed in 3 States but have only spoken to one other surveyor who still has one of these. I bought it new in about or thereabouts, primarily for doing sports car rallies. The Type II has got enough figures on it to keep 2 continuous calculations going on at once.
I built a special double clipboard with a bracket to hold the Curta and another bracket to hold the Heuer stopwatch I used along with it. I've still got all 3 Curta, stopwatch, and clipboard but seldom use them all together any more.
In I was asked to help my mother's friend set some items up for a yard sale. My brother and I were told that we could each pick one item as compensation for our efforts. My brother picked a box of comics and I picked this very interesting mechanical calculator. The basic one page instruction manual was wrapped around the metal case and held in place with a trusty rubber band.
I was always fascinated with the device but had no idea there were so many others. Mothers moving to warden controlled flat she's 81 So have just cleaned out her garage before she moves, only to find this wonderful precision engineered mechanical calculator.
I vaguely remember my late father showing me this item when I was approx 13 I am now His name was Jerry Meldgaard. Apparently the rep was sitting in the seat next to him. In the course of talking he told Jerry that the Curta was not selling very well because of the increasing use of electronic calculators.
Jerry liked fine mechanical instruments and owned Leica cameras as well. Jerry was a customer in my restaurant and after he died his wife remembered that I had expressed an interest in Jerry's Curta. I still have the original box with matching SN, manual, and the warranty card.
It is like new. Jerry never used it and neither have I. I didn't know what I had at the time. I put it away until just recently when I was showing it to my step-daughter. I decided to try to find out what it was. I was surprised to see a web site devoted to the machine.
In I joined a firm of Chartered Accountants and in I became a partner and I still hold this position today. I used them extensively but they were large heavy machines, so much so that the female staff would not move them. At the new firm I discovered a Curta.
It was bought in , probably in England by a client of the office who was on an overseas holiday. On his return to New Zealand he presented it to one of the partners who was a bit of a gadget man.
I quickly learned how to use it but the two of us were the only ones who could use it. This was a type 1 model and I found that it did not have enough capacity to handle pounds, shillings and pence which was the currency of that time. In due course the partner retired he was a world war 1 gallipoli veteran and another partner took over the Curta and learned how to use it.
At my bidding a type 2 model was purchased from an agent in Wellington New Zealand. It was my calculator and I still have it to this day. In the type 1 came to me as I was the only one who could use it and electronic calculators had taken over. In our house was burgled and the type 1 was stolen along with other property. No doubt it was dumped as the burglars would not have been able to use it. Unfortunately I did not have the serial number but it had a metal case and was in good well used order.
The real history for me is that in the client who purchased the series 1 Curta became my father in law. I still have the instruction manuals and calculation examples which came with both Curtas. The type 2 which I have is number and it was purchased in or It still works well but constant use over many years has worn off some of the colour on the body and some of the markings are rather indistinct.
Our office computer staff are fascinated by it and I am told that many of my clients refer to me as the accountant with the coffee grinder or the pepper grinder. One of our greatest rivals used a Curta for timekeeping. He used to jealously guard his machine and his method.
One day I asked him what his method was and he very quickly and briefly told me what he did thinking that I would not understand.
What he did not know was that I had a Curta and ten minutes on my machine was all I needed to know his system. He never knew that I knew! I did not have to convert time into decimals and written records gave me the ability to check time penalties on results sheets against my own calculations. Many times I was able to point out errors and improve our results.
I still compete in the occasional Car Trial but they are now not well supported. I still do not use the Curta for Car Trials but I still use it on occasions in my office. In I was in Liechtenstein and enquired after the Curta factory. I was told that it had closed down. I knew little about the history of Curtas until I found the web page a few days ago.
I hope this tome is of some interest to you. I saw my first Curta Mk II in my bosses desk in and was immediately smitten with the idea of owning one. It was one of eight I believe bought by the management for use in the Drawing Office. This one was the only remaining example and no one was sure or seemed to care as to the whereabouts of the other Machines.
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Exquisitely designed in a kaleidoscope of colors, and told entirely through the lilting songs of the great composer Michel Legrand, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is one of the most revered and unorthodox movie musicals of all time. In order to enable his blind wife Jeanne Moreau to see, Dr. Farber Max von Sydow invents a process that makes it possible to transmit the images recorded in the brains of sighted people directly into the visual systems of blind people. The Frenchwoman Claire Solveig Dommartin falls in love with him and sets out in pursuit of him.
She, in turn, is followed by the author Eugene Sam Neill , who is recording her adventure. In making a film based on the life of a renowned eighteenth-century painter and woodblock portraitist, the great Japanese filmmaker Kenji Mizoguchi created one of his most autobiographical statements on the artistic process as well as another of his trenchant observations about the place of women in Japanese society.
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The Ballad of Narayama. The Baron of Arizona. The Beales of Grey Gardens. Beauty and the Beast. Beware of a Holy Whore. The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant. Boudu Saved from Drowning. A Brief History of Time. A Brighter Summer Day. Buena Vista Social Club. The Children Are Watching Us. Chronicle of a Summer. The Color of Pomegranates. A Colt Is My Passport.
Les dames du Bois de Boulogne. A Day in the Country. Death of a Cyclist. The Devil and Daniel Webster. The Earrings of Madame de. The Element of Crime. Elena and Her Men.
The End of Summer. An Enemy of the People. Eyes Without a Face. The Face of Another. Fanny and Alexander — The Television Version. Fanny and Alexander — The Theatrical Version. Fires on the Plain. Fists in the Pocket.
The Flowers of St. Fox and His Friends. From the Life of the Marionettes. General Idi Amin Dada: Goke, Body Snatcher From Hell.
Hands over the City. The Home and the World. Hour of the Wolf.
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