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Framed Photograph of a Hollerith Tabulating System

Framed Photograph of a Hollerith Tabulating System

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This framed photograph of a Hollerith tabulating system shows a tabulating machine, card punch with cards, and sorter, all distributed by the Tabulating Machine Company of New York.
The tabulating machine has a metal base and four rows of counters, with ten counters in each row. Right of it a card punch and a pile of punch cards are on a separated metal table. A sticker above these reads: Tabulating Machine Company. Next to these is the sorter, which appears to have two rows of vertical compartments, with 13 compartments in each row. The photograph is matted and has a glass cover and wooden frame.
A sheet that once covered the back of the frame reads: WOOD & FORSYTH’S (/) ART STORE (/) Frames Made to Order (/) 1200 S Street. (/) WASHINGTON, D.C.
Electrical circuitry on the stand holding the card punch resembles MA.335637.
The Tabulating Machine Company was in business from 1896 to 1911, hence the rough date of 1900 assigned to the object.
Compare objects MA.312895, MA.312896 and MA.312897.
Object Name
date made
ca 1900
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
glass (overall material)
paper (overall material)
overall: 1.1 cm x 27.3 cm x 22.5 cm; 7/16 in x 10 3/4 in x 8 27/32 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Virginia Hollerith and Lucia Hollerith
Census, US
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Tabulating Equipment
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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