Singer-Friden, part 2.

As I’m doing more research on how long the Singer-Friden MDTS 908 registers were around, I found a couple of shots of the grand opening of Sears in Casper, Wyoming. The store opened in 1982 and it appears installed the MDTS system in the new store. I know Sears moved from the Singer-Friden registers to […]

Singer-Friden MDTS 908 Cash Register.

While surfing around on the internet I found some newish photos of the Singer-Friden 908 Cash Register. The find made my heart leap because while the photos were on worthpoint.com, they indicated the source of the listing was eBay. Alas, I could not find a corresponding auction on eBay, because I would certainly go just […]

Quality Markets.

When I lived in Western New York State, the Quality Markets supermarket chain was using Sweda cash registers with scanning. Depending on the age of the store, there were two versions of these cash registers. The earlier registers had impact printers that were rather loud but seemed to have the entire alphabet at their disposal […]

Sweda 800.

In the late 1950s through the mid 1980s, many store chains used the Sweda Model 46 Dataregister at the checkout. These registers were the usual mechanical cash registers of the time with an additional mechanism on the left hand side. This extra mechanism punched a ribbon tape that would later be fed into a mainframe […]

Sweda 76.

I found a listing for this Sweda 76 on Craigslist. It’s currently for sale in the Denver area. It’s never been used and was pulled for its original box for these photos. I know this model and features from identical registers at Ames Department Stores’ service desks before the chain converted to the IBM 3680 […]

IBM 5260 Retail Solution.

I stumbled across this video on YouTube from the Hagley Museum and Library channel. It is a very informative video on the IBM 5260 Retail Solution from the late 1970s and early 1980s. A couple of interesting things about the cash register of this retail solution: The cashier prompts are actually a “rolling” tape with […]

Kmart Canada.

So, a fellow Vintage Point of Sale aficionado and I are trying to figure out what Kmart Canada used for their point of sale system in the mid 1980s until Kmart left Canada in 1997. We suspect they were made by NEC. Take a look in this newspaper photo, the register is spotted from the […]

ON SALE @

I stumbled across this receipt from Ames. it’s dated Valentine’s Day 1987. Click here to see the ebay Auction. This receipt was generated by an IBM 3683 or 3684 register, running a later version of the Programmable Store Solution software Ames started out with in the early 1980s. The cashier entered the SKU and price […]

Take Another Look at Zayre!

In the beginning days of this site I wrote a fairly brief history about Zayre’s first inventory point of sale control system when we were taking a look at Ames and the purchase and integration efforts of the chain. When Ames purchased Zayre, the company was running NCR 2552 cash registers across the chain, presumably […]

Target: No More Keyboards.

Yesterday I noticed in the Waukegan, Illinois Target store the chain has removed the physical keyboards from the NCR point of sale terminals. Watching the cashier work through our transaction, Target has significantly modified the interface of their in-house point of sale software. I’m just a guy that’s been around technology for a very long […]