IBM B92982 Punch Card for Hewlett-Packard Educational BASIC


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 - a total of thirty-seven columns..


HP Journal, November, 1968 and October, 1970.

Date Made: ca 1970

Maker: IBM

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: Mathematics


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Credit Line: Gift of Douglas W. Jones

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1996.0142.13Catalog Number: 1996.0142.13Accession Number: 1996.0142

Object Name: Punch Card

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


Record Id: nmah_690500

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