Gapers Block has ceased publication.

Gapers Block published from April 22, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2016. The site will remain up in archive form. Please visit Third Coast Review, a new site by several GB alumni.
 Thank you for your readership and contributions. 


Monday, December 6

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50 years ago, the legacy of the homegrown Comptometer ended in Chicago. Developed by Dorr Eugene Felt using a macaroni box in 1885, the Comptometer became the first commercially-successful key-driven adding machine. Relics of its reign still exist: the original prototype at the Smithsonian, the main factory building at the 1700 N. block of Paulina (now lofts), and this nose-poke threatening ad from 1942.

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