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Wright Model 2000 Card Punch

Wright Model 2000 Card Punch

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This portable key punch for preparing punched cards was manufactured by the Massachusetts firm of Wright Line. Punched cards were central to large-scale data processing in the United States from the introduction of the Hollerith tabulating machine in the 1890s through the 1970s. Tabulating machine manufacturers such as IBM and Remington Rand (later Sperry Univac) rented card punches. Wright Line, founded in 1934, was one of relatively few independent data processing accessory manufacturers. It made and sold a large variety of files, magnetic tapes, card punches, and related machines.
The device is designed for 80-column punch cards such as those made for IBM computers. It has a metal base painted black with 12 number keys and an "S" key. These keys, with their white key tops, are attached to a moveable carriage. A single punch card fits in the carriage. A mark on the top reads: Wright (/) PUNCH (/) MODEL 2600.
This punch came to the Smithsonian from the United States Naval Observatory, a longtime user of tabulating equipment for scientific purposes.
Accession file.
"E. Stanley Wright, Manufacturer, 66," New York Times, September 8, 1959, p. 35.
Wright Line, Data Processing Accessories Catalog ’69, p. 38.
Currently not on view
Object Name
card punch
date made
ca 1970
Wright Line
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Worcester
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
paper (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
overall: 10.8 cm x 46 cm x 14 cm; 4 1/4 in x 18 1/8 in x 5 1/2 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Transfer from United States Naval Observatory
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Medicine and Science: Mathematics
Tabulating Equipment
Computers & Business Machines
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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The label to the left of the white keys shows the punches required for alphabetic and special characters. For example, to punch the letter "A" would require the "12" and "1" keys to be pressed at the same time.

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