Record of Punching Cards at the New York Central for the Month of April 1904

Record of Punching Cards at the New York Central for the Month of April 1904

Description
From 1895 inventor Herman Hollerith wooed the New York Central Railroad as a commercial customer for his tabulating machines. This small paper card records his success. It reports that in April 1904, key punch operators at the Central punched a total of 428,502 cards, averaging 258 cards per clerk per hour. The record for one clerk was 70,535 cards punched, averaging 413 cards per hour.
Reference: G. D. Austrian, Hermann Hollerith: Forgotten Pioneer of Information Processing , New York: Columbia University Press, 1982, pp. 111–141.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1904
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: .1 cm x 9 cm x 5.6 cm; 1/32 in x 3 17/32 in x 2 7/32 in
ID Number
1977.0114.08.01
accession number
1977.0114
catalog number
1977.0114.08.01
Credit Line
Gift of the Estate of Herman Hollerith, Jr.
subject
Mathematics
Railroads
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Medicine and Science: Mathematics
Tabulating Equipment
Computers & Business Machines
Data Source
National Museum of American History

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