Punch Card Probe

Punch Card Probe

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Description
This cylindrical metal stainless steel rod is about 8" long and resembles a crochet hook. The metal is serrated along the middle part of the rod. One end is hooked, the other is flattened and U-shaped. The donor worked with tabulating machines and then computer equipment from the 1940s into at least the 1960s.
Reportedly the hook was used to line up punched cards and the flattened end to complete holes that had not punched properly.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
punch card probe
date made
ca 1950
1950, roughly
Physical Description
stainless steel (overall material)
Measurements
overall:.2 cm x 20.3 cm x.2 cm; 3/32 in x 8 in x 3/32 in
ID Number
2006.3088.01
nonaccession number
2006.3088
catalog number
2006.3088.01
Credit Line
Gift of Benjamin S. Mulitz
subject
Mathematics
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Medicine and Science: Mathematics
Computers & Business Machines
Tabulating Equipment
Punch Cards
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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