Paperweight, The Charles Babbage Institute

Paperweight, The Charles Babbage Institute

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During the Middle Ages, metal coin-like discs called jetons were use in counting boards. They represent early digital computing. This lucite paperweight encloses a jeton. It is inscribed "The Charles Babbage Institute: A Foundation Dedicated to the History of the Information Sciences.” The object publicizes the Charles Babbage Institute, an archive at the University of Minnesota dedicated to preserving the history of computing.
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plastic (paperweight material)
metal (jeton material)
cardboard (box material)
fabric (felt material)
paperweight: 1 in x 2 7/8 in; 2.54 cm x 7.3025 cm
overall: 1 1/4 in x 3 3/4 in x 3 3/4 in; 3.175 cm x 9.525 cm x 9.525 cm
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National Museum of American History
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