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Punch Card Like Those Used in the 1890 U.S. Census of Population (Replica)

Punch Card Like Those Used in the 1890 U.S. Census of Population (Replica)

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This is a replica of the punch cards used in the 1890 U.S. Census of population. Like them it is blank with the bottom left corner cut off. Those punching the cards used a pantograph punch which had room for twelve rows of twenty columns of holes. The significance of these holes is indicated on a flat sheet attached at the front of the card punch (see MA.312896). This is one of a batch of cards furnished by IBM.
Leon E. Truesdall, The Development of Punch Card Tabulation in the Bureau of the Census 1890-1949, Washington: Bureau of the Census, 1965, pp. 43-47.
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Object Name
punch card
date made
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
paper (overall material)
overall:.1 cm x 16.1 cm x 8.1 cm; 1/32 in x 6 11/32 in x 3 3/16 in
ID Number
nonaccession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of International Business Machines
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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