cash register

Posted by: Roger Loupias

cash register - Tue Nov 10 2009 10:12 PM

Hoping someone can shed some light on the popularity and collectable value of a 1930 gas station cash register. Of course the keys are labeled gas oil tires lube and so on. It is in working condition and I have the opertunity of buying it for $400. Are these hot items? Its a little out of my direction from restoring pumps, oil dispensers and collecting cans and containers, but Im toying around with the fact it would look great displayed. Once again, are these sought after? thanks, Roger
Posted by: Thunder II

Re: cash register - Tue Nov 10 2009 10:15 PM

Sometimes. Lets use gas pupms as an example. A Wayne 60, will have more value than a Southwestern 45. I have two old cash registers here. they're kinda like Tok 39s though....
Posted by: Jack Sim

Re: cash register - Tue Nov 10 2009 11:52 PM

I have ads for National CRs and if they have the oil and gas that makes them a little special, but unless you are building a service station out back, and are also decorating the inside to make it look like the 40s or 50s, I wouldn't be adding it to my collection (if I had one).
I agree with Thunder. If someone offered it to me for $100.00 and I had an extra $100 to spare, I might buy it, but the same money put in a gas pump, sign, globe, oil can, will give you more satisfaction than a cash register. I wouldn't give $400 for any CR unless it was brass.
JMO (that's a new one, just my opinion).

Jack Sim
Posted by: archer2

Re: cash register - Wed Nov 11 2009 01:13 AM


I just bought a McCaskey built in '40 or '41 strictly for gas stations for $75. It seemed to me that it would be a unique piece of history that not everyone had.

There was a site which I used to research this particular model before I bought it but the site went down within the past few weeks (more lost information as it seemed this individual was quite the historian on the McCaskey company).

So do your research and buy it if you like it.

Posted by: huskybob

Re: cash register - Wed Nov 11 2009 02:03 AM

Roger there was one on CL here a few months ago just like you described for $150.
Posted by: Roger Loupias

Re: cash register - Wed Nov 11 2009 02:13 AM

This is why being new to this hobby I find the experience and knowledge from your responses helpful in what I do and maybe what I should'nt do! Thanks for the pointers and saving me money!!!!!! Roger
Posted by: Thunder II

Re: cash register - Wed Nov 11 2009 07:44 AM

Any pics?
Posted by: Savinsam

Re: cash register - Wed Nov 11 2009 07:58 AM

I have one. IMO $400 is too high. Keep looking around if you really want one. You should be able to find one at least half the price of that one.
Posted by: Dick Bennett

Re: cash register - Wed Nov 11 2009 08:53 AM

I had a CR that came from a 50-60's SIGNAL station earlier this year & gave it to another oldgas'r, because I didn't have room for it.

I agree w/ the rest.
Posted by: H1HUMMER

Re: cash register - Wed Nov 11 2009 07:16 PM

I dont post much but I'm kind of confused on the advise being given to Roger on the cash register ? he doesn't mention a brand or provide a picture so it's a little hard (for me) to determine a value on this item.......I have several National cash registers 2 or 3 which are out of gas stations, I think these are a great petro collectible and as much as part of history as pumps, globes, signs, etc. If the one he mentions is anything like this one (below) I'd gladly pay $400 for it ! just my humble opinion !

Posted by: Thunder II

Re: cash register - Wed Nov 11 2009 07:35 PM

BRASS...... For $400.00....... I couldnt get my money fast enough..... ROTFLMAO!!!!

The brass era, of just about everything, ended at about the same time as WWI. Roger. I think that it would be a great part of your collection, but I'm pretty sure that $400.00 is a bit high, for an old steel cash register. Get some pics though. There is always the possibility that you have something special.
Posted by: Dick Bennett

Re: cash register - Wed Nov 11 2009 07:53 PM

As with a lot of items that someone is asking WHAT'S IT WORTH, w/o a picture or 2 it's hard to put a value on.

H1Humer's CR above would not have been found in 98% of mom/pop gas stations in the 30's-40's. Maybe in a FIRESTONE, GOODYEAR, PEP BOYS or other large volume service station only.
Posted by: Roger Loupias

Re: cash register - Wed Nov 11 2009 09:36 PM

Well its certainly not a gem, but I have no picture other then the image of it on Craigslist that I dont mind sharing. Please go to Craigslist Reno Nevada and type in (1930's gas station cash register) you will see it and best advise me about it. Its less then 30minutes away from me and is still available. thanks guys. Roger

Re: cash register - Wed Nov 11 2009 09:43 PM

Here it is:
Posted by: Dick Bennett

Re: cash register - Wed Nov 11 2009 10:17 PM

Here is a better picture for detail

Posted by: Thunder II

Re: cash register - Wed Nov 11 2009 10:20 PM

Posted by: oldgoaly

Re: cash register - Wed Nov 11 2009 10:24 PM

So if one had an old cash register stashed away in a grain bin, could one find "key" or "button" covers that says gas, oil, or service? If one could he might just dig it out! Dang I sold my nice counter base, but could make a small one easy enough..... tt
Posted by: H1HUMMER

Re: cash register - Thu Nov 12 2009 02:18 PM

Based on the picture Roger, I "would not" pay 400.00 for that particular machine, fairly common & imo not very "pretty"

As stated above.....hundred dollar bill, maybe if I was doing a station and needed it.
Posted by: 56chiefstar

Re: cash register - Sat Nov 14 2009 09:01 PM

This is a later cash register then the ornate NCR first picture probably hard to get $400 in this market around the 20s or 30s era. NCR was the most common brand. I collect off brands such as World, American standard and I have one thats a Royal that has an ornate side design of gabriel blowing the horn. My number 2 NCR is probably worth $2000. Earliest types as #1 and 2 and odd NCR worth the most, World and others are harder to find parts for. Had a Hallwood in past completly broken and very hard to fix still went for $1300 since the rarity and ornateness of it. Later ones without the ornate brass design but flat design good for repainting and putting gas oil labels or Coke soda labels on them. Signs on top very valuable at times too.