Ever wonder about the history of the punchcard?
The punchcard exhibit starts with a Jacquard Loom, one of the earliest uses of punched cards, which helped to make woven fabric more affordable. Herman Hollerith’s invention of electromechanical processing of cards tabulated data for the 1890 census. The @IBM family of punch card machines was used for data processing and record-keeping across many industries and academia. Punched cards were even used for matchmaking at the University of Iowa in 1963!
Come learn more about this history and punch your own souvenir card on an original IBM 029 to take home during the demo.
Saturday, 2 – 4 PM, free with museum membership or admission.
The museum is closed today as we prepare for BYTE: An evening of cuisine, cocktails, and computers. To learn more go to https://www.computermuseumofamerica.org/byte-2024fundraiser/
Raise a glass for Computer Museum of America (CMoA) at the third annual BYTE fundraiser. Enjoy dinner bytes, beverages from a hosted bar, live music by Hungry Reggae, a Steely Dan tribute band, and exclusive access to the Museum during this event.