Punched cards in a fan-shape, 1960-1980.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 26cm x 32cm

Punched cards in a fan-shape, 1960-1980.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


These were used during the 1960s and 1970s as a common form of data input in large computer installations. The punched card was invented by the French textile manufacturer, Joseph-Marie Jacquard (1752-1834), to control weaving looms. The first data-procesing machine using punched cards was developed by the American inventor Herman Hollerith in the 1880s to asist with the 1890 US census.

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