UCLA Computer Club Punch Card


In the 1960s, when UCLA (the University of California at Los Angeles) purchased a commercial computer from IBM, students formed a club where they could share their knowledge of the new machines. At that time, data and programs were entered onto computers using punched cards like this one. The decoration of the card was up to the individual customer. This is a pink eighty-column punch card for an IBM computer. Each column contains the digits from 0 to 9. The background of the card shows the head of a moose propped in front of a log. An open book lies on the left, and magnetic tape is in the mouth of the moose.

Date Made: 1960s

Maker: IBM

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: California, Los Angeles, University of California at Los Angeles

Subject: EducationMathematics


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Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Gift of Douglas W. Jones

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1996.0142.25Catalog Number: 1996.0142.25Accession Number: 1996.0142

Object Name: punch card

Physical Description: paper (overall material)Measurements: overall: .1 cm x 19 cm x 8.4 cm; 1/16 in x 7 1/2 in x 3 5/16 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a5-21d1-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_690512

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