Casio AL-1000 calculator

Made by Casio Computer Co Ltd in Tokyo, Japan, 1967.

The A-1000 is one of the very first electronic programmable calculators. (The Casio Company claims it is the first). It is a desk-top calculator that uses transistor electronics, ferrite core memory and Nixie tubes for numeric display. While its applications were restricted to mathematical calculation it anticipates the arrival of personal computing.


Electronic programmable calculator, AL-1000, with cover and instruction manual, metal / plastic / electronic components / paper, made by Casio Computer Co Ltd, Tokyo, Japan, 1967

The calculator is a beige plastic casing with a darker beige/brown sloping keyboard and switch panel and "Nixie Tube" numeric display. The keyboard has a push-button power switch, several selector switches and three sets of keys. The left set are six memory select keys, the middle set is a decimal keypad of eleven keys and the right set are six operation keys. The calculator has a grey power cord.

The cover for the calculator is grey plastic with (damaged) clear window for numeric display.

The operator's instruction manual is printed on A4 size paper stock with blue cover.


240 mm
380 mm
440 mm
12 kg


Manufactured in Japan by Casio, 1967.
Casio Computer Co Ltd 1967


Gift of Ursula Bonzol, 2007
14 September, 2007

Cite this Object

Casio AL-1000 calculator 2014, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 19 November 2017, <>
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