By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (November 4, 2021) – In Issue 2021-214 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, is about “ringing up” the sales.


Many inventions come of necessity and so it was with the cash register, patented on this day in 1879 by James Ritty. 

In order to stop bartenders from stealing money from the till in his Dayton, Ohio saloon, Ritty looked for a way to make the sales and cash balance at the end of the day.

Inspired by a machine that counted the revolutions of a ship’s propeller, Ritty and mechanic brother came up with a machine that could total the day’s sales.

The first cash register they created had no cash drawer, but simply kept track of sales.

Unfortunately for Ritty, he never made a fortune from his invention, but sold his patent in 1884 to John H. Patterson who founded the National Cash Register Company, now a Fortune 500 company known as NCR.

This railroad map of Ohio is from 1901 and was created by the state.  It prominently shows Dayton.

Ohio Railroad Map – 1901 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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