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.

Date Made: ca 1890

Maker: Hollerith, Herman

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: District of Columbia, Washington

Web Subject: MathematicsCensus, US


See more items in: Medicine and Science: Mathematics, Tabulating Equipment, Science & Mathematics


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Credit Line: Gift of Virginia Hollerith and Lucia Hollerith

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MA.317982.03Accession Number: 317982Catalog Number: 317982.03

Object Name: punch board

Physical Description: plastic (overall material)Measurements: overall: .3 cm x 30 cm x 12 cm; 1/8 in x 11 13/16 in x 4 23/32 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a5-38f4-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_694417

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