Punch Board for a Hollerith Pantograph Card Punch

This is the celluloid plate from the front of a pantograph card punch. The instrument was patented by Herman Hollerith and used in the U. S. Census of population in 1890. A mark on it reads: THE HOLLERITH ELECTRIC TABULATING SYSTEM (/) System Patented January 8th 1889.
Compare MA*312896.
Leon E. Truesdell, The Development of Punch Card Tabulation in the Bureau of the Census 1890–1940, Washington: U.S. Department of Commerce, 1965, pp. 43–44.
Currently not on view
Object Name
punch board
date made
ca 1890
Hollerith, Herman
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
overall: .3 cm x 30 cm x 12 cm; 1/8 in x 11 13/16 in x 4 23/32 in
place made
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
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
Credit Line
Gift of Virginia Hollerith and Lucia Hollerith

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