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Ritty - Biography
James Ritty, inventor of the first
working version of a mechanical cash register, was born in Dayton, Ohio
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On January 30, 1883, James Ritty
and John Birch received a patent for inventing the cash register. James
Ritty invented what was nicknamed the "Incorruptible Cashier" or the first
working, mechanical cash register. His invention came with that familiar
bell sound referred to in advertising as "The Bell Heard Round the World".
After reading a description of the
cash register designed by James Ritty and sold by the National Manufacturing
Company, John H. Patterson decided to buy both the company and the patent.
He renamed the company the National Cash Register Company in 1884.
John Patterson improved the cash
register by adding a paper roll to record sales transactions.
F. Kettering designed a cash register with an electric motor in 1906,
while working at the National Cash Register Company. He later worked at
General Motors and invented an electric self-starter (ignition) for a Cadillac.
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