MECHANICAL ENGINEERING HERITAGE NO.80
Simple Cash Register ‘Zeni-ai-ki’
This machine is a simple cash register that was manufactured around 1916. Itoki Shoten (currently Itoki Corporation) in Osaka manufactured and sold the machine. This is one of the products that saw major success under the brand name ‘Zeni-ai-ki’ (money matching machine) at a later date. Various unique devices realized minimum necessary functions, including management of sale proceeds and crime prevention. Also, the price was set at a level far lower than imported products, and the total number of units sold exceeded 10,000 in 1927.
After World War II, the cash register became widely used throughout the nation until the full-fledged register made its debut. The commodity name significantly contributed to dissemination of the machine.
On exhibition (Reservation required)
ITOKI Tokyo Innovation Center SYNQA
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- 3-7-1 Kyobashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0031 1-3F Sogokan 110 Tower
- 10 mins. on foot from Yaesu south exit of Tokyo Sta. JR Line direct from Kyobashi Sta., Ginza Line of Tokyo Metro 3 mins. on foot from Takara-cho Sta., Asakusa Line of Toei Subway