National Cash Register Pavilion

Abacuses, computers and miniaturization devices that could reproduce the entire Bible on a small card were on display in NCR's two-story ribbed frame and concrete building. At the entrance was a reproduction of Rodin's famous sculpture "The Thinker" amidst displays pointing out the mountainous pile of records the average man accumulates during his lifetime. Nearby was a 30 x 12 foot plastic relief map of the world with real water that flowed in the ocean areas. Pinpointed on the map were the company's 12 factories and 1,100 offices.

Inside was a room of games where adding machines were available for adults to play with, and a giant abacus for children. Problems worked out on the adding machines were simultaneously done in the binary-coded decimal system (1's and 0's) of computers.

Scattered about a Japanese garden and pool on the ground floor and in a display area on the second floor, were many types of business machines, supermarket cash registers that dispensed both change and trading stamps, a computer cash register system that told the storekeeper how he was doing compared with a month or year ago, and a fully automated branch bank system.

An NCR 315 computer was sealed away in an adjacent air-conditioned room. Visitors could request recipes from a cookbook, important events that happened on any date of the year, answers to 100 scientific questions, or a list of sights at over 150 world-wide tourist destinations.

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