IBM B92982 Punch Card for Hewlett-Packard Educational BASIC

IBM B92982 Punch Card for Hewlett-Packard Educational BASIC

Description
In March of 1968, Hewlett Packard introduced a version of the programming language BASIC for use on its timesharing electronic computers. By 1970, the company had developed “Hewlett-Packard Educational BASIC” for use in educational settings, both with computers and especially with programmable desktop calculators. This punch card is for writing programs in that language. The card was to be marked with a pencil rather than punched, making it more affordable. Inexpensive handheld electronic calculators soon displaced desktop machines in the classroom, and cards of this type were never widely used.
The cream-colored card has square corners and truncated left corner. There are four columns for the statement number, two columns of the statement, thirty columns for letters, numbers, or punctuation marks, and a final column to indicate whether the statement continues on the next card.
References:
HP Journal, November, 1968 and October, 1970.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1970
maker
IBM
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: .1 cm x 19 cm x 8.4 cm; 1/32 in x 7 15/32 in x 3 5/16 in
ID Number
1996.0142.13
catalog number
1996.0142.13
accession number
1996.0142
Credit Line
Gift of Douglas W. Jones
subject
Mathematics
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Data Source
National Museum of American History

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