Early Anita Desktop Calculators

Anita Mk9 official photograph

An official photograph of the ANITA Mk 9


The ANITA Mk 9 is similar to the ANITA Mk 8, but with additionally the capability of chain multiplication, e.g. "a" times "b" times "c" times "d" and so on.  Again it has the full keyboard used in the Mk VII and Mk 8 and uses cold-cathode tube technology.

12-digit, "Nixie" type tube display.

The electronics is also similar to that of the ANITA Mk 8, and uses a Dekatron decade counter tube, cold-cathode switching tubes, selenium rectifiers, and vacuum tubes (thermionic valves).

Introduced 1964[1] at a cost of GBP £425 (about US$1,200).

The Mk9 was available in a couple of slight variations, the Mk9 and the Mk9A
The machine pictured here is a Mk9.  The Mk9A has the column of buttons that are on the far right moved one place to the left, with the bank of three buttons moved past to the right.

There is an operating manual for this machine in the Operating Manuals & Leaflets section.

Anita Mk 9
Keys & display

Close up of the keys and display.


The keyboard, on the right, has been hinged completely over to reveal the electronics inside the machine.  On the left are the red-coloured numerical display tubes, each mounted on the edge of a counter board.  The top of the Dekatron counter tube can be seen in the lower middle of the photograph.

Circuit board

Close up of the main circuit board.  The Dekatron tube is at the lower right, driven by a vacuum tube to its left, which is used as a blocking oscillator.  Two vertical daughter boards on the left carry cold-cathode trigger tubes and selenium rectifiers.  Additional black, rectangular, selenium rectifiers can be seen around the Dekatron

Inside rear

Inside the rear of the machine with the power supply and more vacuum tubes.  These are mounted right at the back of the main board, underneath vents when the casing is replaced, to provide an outlet for the heat generated.


  1. "BEE '64", Industrial Electronics, Novewmber 1964, p521.


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