Just a quick post before “punching out” for the night. The meetings I’m attending this week are at an IBM facility. IBM celebrated 100 years of innovation in 2011. Let’s hope the next 100 are as impact-ful. These and other former state-of-the-art artifacts grace the lobby. The placard for this one says:
IBM 016 Electrical Duplicating Keypunch. The development of automatic feeding and ejecting mechanisms for keypunches and duplicators helped to increase the speed of key punching and reduce operator fatigue. The Type 016, introduced in 1929, fed cards into the punching unit and automatically removed or ejected the cards after punching. It was withdrawn from marketing in 1960.
This one’s even older. Not electric. Notice the hand crank.
And it says:
IBM 501 Automatic Numbering Gang Punch. Brought to market in 1926, the Type 501 automatically recorded on a series of punched cards common fixed data from a master card. This punch operated at the rate of 125 cards per minute, and was withdrawn from marketing in April 1948.
I guess progress is always relative to where you’ve been…