Framed Photograph of a Hollerith Tabulating System

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This framed photograph of a Hollerith tabulating system shows a tabulating machine, card punch with cards, and sorter, all distributed by the Tabulating Machine Company of New York.
The tabulating machine has a metal base and four rows of counters, with ten counters in each row. Right of it a card punch and a pile of punch cards are on a separated metal table. A sticker above these reads: Tabulating Machine Company. Next to these is the sorter, which appears to have two rows of vertical compartments, with 13 compartments in each row. The photograph is matted and has a glass cover and wooden frame.
A sheet that once covered the back of the frame reads: WOOD & FORSYTH’S (/) ART STORE (/) Frames Made to Order (/) 1200 S Street. (/) WASHINGTON, D.C.
Electrical circuitry on the stand holding the card punch resembles MA*335637.
The Tabulating Machine Company was in business from 1896 to 1911, hence the rough date of 1900 assigned to the object.
Compare objects MA*312895, MA*312896 and MA*312897.
date made
ca 1900
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
glass (overall material)
paper (overall material)
overall: 1.1 cm x 27.3 cm x 22.5 cm; 7/16 in x 10 3/4 in x 8 27/32 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Virginia Hollerith and Lucia Hollerith
Census, US
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Medicine and Science: Mathematics
Science & Mathematics
Tabulating Equipment
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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