Framed Photograph of a Hollerith Pantograph Card Punch

This gelatin-silvered photograph shows an early version of the pantograph card punch that Herman Hollerith patented in 1890. The photograph is matted, and has a glass cover and wooden frame.
Four places on the photograph are marked in red ink: 2.
For related object, see MA*312896.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1890
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
glass (overall material)
paper (overall material)
overall: 1.9 cm x 29.8 cm x 24.4 cm; 3/4 in x 11 23/32 in x 9 19/32 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Census, US
Computers & Business Machines
Tabulating Equipment
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Medicine and 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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