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Punch Card, IBM 148331

Punch Card, IBM 148331

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IBM sometimes used punch cards to advertise punch card systems. This is one such punch card, used to advertise tabulating machines. Text on the card reads in part: What the Punched Hole will do. (/) The IBM card demonstrates the first step (/) in IBM accounting. The three leftmost columns indicate how the digits 005 would be entered using slanting, oval-shaped holes. Three columns next to this indicate how the digits 005 would be entered in an 80-column card with rectangular holes such as IBM had introduced in the 1920s. The center of the card described what the card would do. The right side indicates data from a payroll calculation printed on an 80-column card.
Test along the left edge of the card reads: IBM 792040-MS 0. It also reads: IBM 148331. Text along the right edge reads: REPRESENTATIVE COMPANY.
The back of the card shows an IBM "punch register", a sorter, and an accounting machine, which "PREPARES THE REQUIRED REPORTS FROM THE PUNCHED AND SORTED CARDS."
For another example of the card, see 1988.0803.02.
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Object Name
punch card
Date made
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 7 3/8 in x 3 1/4 in; 18.7325 cm x 8.255 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of I. Bernard Cohen
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Medicine and Science: Computers
Science & Mathematics
Tabulating Equipment
Punch Cards
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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