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1940s Keypunch Machine
1940s Keypunch Machine

Rarity

45%

Category

Tools and Technology

Time

40 Mins

Money

3,200

Prestige

56

Placed on

Shelf;

Involved in tasks

No

Part of a collection?

No


Now this is a piece of technology you don't see anymore. There are a few people out there who would pay some serious money for this.

-Expert

FactsEdit

  • Fact 1: Before the advent of graphical displays, computer data was input and stored on physical punch cards.
  • Fact 2: Punchcard programming was first developed in the early 18th century and was used to program mechanisms such as player pianos and textile looms.
  • Fact 3: Herman Hollerith patented one of the first automatic keypunch machines in 1901, and his company (which later became IBM) grew to dominate the industry.
  • Fact 4: Punchcards became a ubiquitous part of data entry and storage in the mid-20th century and were widely used until the 1980s.
  • Fact 5: Though made obsolete by magnetic storage in the 1980s, the reliability and low cost of punchcards are still preferred in areas such as ballot counting and standardized testing.
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