Electrical Component Associated with Herman Hollerith

Description
This metal component includes a wooden framework painted black. An interrupter is at one end, and an electromagnet within the box. Herman Hollerith was the first inventor to build successful computing devices based on electromagnets. This may have been a part of a tabulating machine.
This piece does not seem to match any drawing in Hollerith’s patents.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1890
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 7.3 cm x 3.2 cm x 15 cm; 2 7/8 in x 1 1/4 in x 5 29/32 in
ID Number
1995.3037.01
nonaccession number
1995.3037
catalog number
1995.3037.01
Credit Line
Gift of Richard Hollerith Jr. for the Herman Hollerith Family
subject
Mathematics
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Medicine and Science: Mathematics
Tabulating Equipment
Computers & Business Machines
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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