hp 41C for a smile!


I go to thrift stores to look for slide rules that people donate, and over the past five years I have found some real gems especially at one particular store in Fargo North Dakota.
This morning while on this search, I became the owner of a 41C in the box with it's manuals, and some ads. The calculator was in a short case made for the 41 series, the long case was in the box and upon picking it up, discovered that case contained a card reader. The 41 has 2 mem mods plugged in. The only thing that I can detect wrong with it is the 1 key is stiff. Alas, I do not have a card to test the card reader as I have none and none were in the box. I also became the owner of a TI 58C in the box with everything, and I mean everything including an extra 58C, both work and one looks brand new.
I asked for slide rules, the young girl, confessing her ignorance as to what they were, asked me what they were for. I told her, she said "I do not have any put back, but I have these that I removed from the shelves this morning. They will not sell, and I need room for China." The calcs were on the counter, and I could not belive my eyes. "How much" I asked, she said, "I was going to put them in the Trash, but since you have a really nice smile like my Dad, you can have them." Lightning does strike occasionally, and they are nice, but I probably will not keep them, I have a 48SX that I use and a 33s and that's good enough.
I guess there are finds still out there that can be had for a song and a dance, or a smile. It does pay to be nice!
Be good.
Bill Drylie


I am moving! Now where is the address to that store.

Got to make your day. What type of slides, I prefer the major engineering 6 inches like the Post 1461 which I have restored 5 with new glasses.

Cheers, geoff


Hi Geoff;
I collect Hemmi, Nestler, and Fabers. I have a really nice hemmi64 with the C cursor that has the pinned celluloid on the bamboo, circa 1933 or 1934. I got it at a thrift store in Minnesota. It looks new and is one of the smoothest sliding rules I have. I did not have to do anything to it. Most of the rules I find, just need a light cleaning. I found a Nestler Darmstadt two weeks ago in a Nestler walnut box In Moorehead Minnesota for Two Dollars. It did not need any cleaning. Looks like someone got tired of it and dumped it off!



I've got a Post 1461, and its big brother, the 1460.

Unfortunately, both were taken from a sales display, so each has a ~1/16" screw hole in it.


Bill, Would you be willing to part with the TI-58C package? I am looking for a complete package in the box. Dan


Hi Dan;
Sure, contact me off forum to my e-mail address. We can discuss it there.

William Drylie


I tried to contact you off the forum, but when I click on your name, it says email address is not available. My email is my last name at sbcglobal.net



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