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Sources for business history

Sources for art history: Catalogue of the pictures of Alfred de Rothschild 1901

Sources for yachting history: Plans for Nathaniel von Rothschild's yacht Veglia 1905

Sources for natural history: Walter 2nd Lord Rothschild and his zebra carriage: c.1910

Sources for global financial history: Map of lines of the Brazil Railway Company: c.1920

Sources for business history: index cards to bank files

Sources for social history: Rothschild Hospital Paris: 1920s

Sources for business history: detail of a Rothschild bond coupon

Sources for architectural history: Halton House: 1890s

Sources for the history of travel: Lionel de Rothschild's tours of Spain: 1909

Sources for local history: Tring Park: c.1900

Sources for Royal history: shooting party with Edward Prince of Wales: 1893

Sources for political history: Lionel de Rothschild: first Jewish MP: 1858

Sources for sporting history: St Amant winner of the Derby: 1904

Sources for local history: gardeners at Aston Clinton: 1899

Sources for Rothschild family history: Lionel de Rothschild's yacht Rhodora: 1927

Sources for London history: entrance to New Court: 1965

Sources for design history: plans for Lionel de Rothschild's Rolls-Royce: 1930

Sources for business history: Rothschild gold bars produced by the Royal Mint Refinery: 1930s

Sources for business history: letters of August Belmont Rothschild Agent in New York: 1860s

The New Court Vitrine: Odhner 'Arithometer' calculating machine, c.1930

The New Court Vitrine, curated by The Rothschild Archive, recalls the cases of treasures and cabinets of curiosity that graced the great Rothschild houses.

Odhner 'Arithmometer' calculating machine, dating from the 1930s. Machines such as this would have been used by clerks at New Court to undertake complex calculations.

A clerk at New Court

In a photograph from a 1937 album of the staff of N M Rothschild & Sons, Mr Roland Williams can be seen using a machine very similar to this one in his New Court office. Roland Williams joined the firm in January 1931, eventually being appointed a Director in 1947. Roland Williams retired in 1970.

The Williams family had worked for the Rothschilds from beginning of 19th century. Of earlier generations, Sidney Williams, Roland Williams’ father, started in the Bullion Department, retiring in 1942. Roland Williams’ grandfather James joined New Court c.1865; his father had been a stockbroker used from time to time by Nathan Mayer Rothschild (1777-1836) founder of the London bank. 

The Odhner Arithmometer was a very successful pinwheel calculator invented in Russia in 1873 by W. T. Odhner, a Swedish immigrant. Companies were set up all over the world to manufacture copies of Odhner's machine and, by the 1960s, with millions sold, it became one of the most successful mechanical calculators ever designed. It was made redundant with the appearance of electronic calculators in the early 1970s.

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