“There will be no demand for such a contraption as that.”

The other day Rod and I were talking about something. I don’t remember what it was, but whatever it was reminded me of something my grandfather had told me one time. I didn’t remember all of the details, but I was pretty sure he told me that his grandfather had invented the adding machine. Rod said he believed me, but I don’t know that he really did.

The next day I called my grandfather to check my facts. I told him what I remembered and I think he was impressed that I’d been paying attention way back then. Turns out I was right. His grandfather, my great-great-grandfather, A. I. Loop of North East, PA, did indeed invent the adding machine. Some banker in Erie stopped the progress, though, with the declaration, “There will be no demand for such a contraption as that.” Hmpf!

My grandfather even has a newspaper clipping with a photo, which he sent me a copy of.

AILoop

Grandpa told me he and his brothers and sisters used to play with it when they were little kids. His mom donated it to the Henry Ford museum along with some sort of horse-drawn hay rake that one of her relatives invented. I have to say that wasn’t on my must-see list of places in the United States, but I might have to add it now! The accountant in me is incredibly proud to know that one of my relatives had a hand in making the beans easier to count…

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