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.
- 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.