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The Bell Punch Analyser

The Bell Punch Analyser

The Bell Punch Analyser

The Analyser is a strange machine comprising a limited capacity Sterling currency adder and five separate counters.

On the right of the machine is an abbreviated keyboard (keys up to 5) with a column of keys for shillings, a column for pence, and a column with just two keys for farthings ( penny).
On the left are the five counters, each advanced by a single key.

The machine in the photographs displays the total: 99 19 11d.

 

A sales brochure (from about 1948) says of this machine:

THE ANALYSER - illustrated

This unique machine embodies two distinct functions within the same small case.

It provides for :-

 

A FEW OF ITS MANY USES

PETROL SALES: With simultaneous analysis of five or less Pumps.

VAN SALES: Cash takings, with analysis of quantities to five or less Merchandise Groups.

COUPONS: Cash sales , with analysis of coupon denominations.

PHYSICAL STOCK CHECK: of Mixed Bin contents; to give bulk values, with analysis of up to five lengths, varieties of or any other required dissection.

SALES ANALYSIS: Retail Store Cash Control with Item or Transaction analysis per Department or Sales Assistant.

Price 31 10 0.            Rental Terms: Five years only, 15/- per month.

 

The Analyser appears to have been sold as a sub-part of the Automaticket ticket issuing system that was called Automacheckit.

The photograph here shows a Bell Punch Analyser fixed to a counter on a Bell Punch Automaticket display at an exhibition in 1952[1].

The sign says:

SNACK BARS, CAFES & RESTAURANTS

See the Automacheckit machines for Cash and Food Control.

There appears to be a strip of tickets going through the machines on the counter, including the guide at the rear of the Analyser, which can be seen in the photograph from the brochure, at the top of this page.

Automaticket machine with Bell Punch Analyser

This is a very specialised machine and appears to be rather rare.

Reference:

  1. Bell Punch News and Views, Vol. IV. Part I, Spring 1952.

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