Artifact Details

Title

Hollerith tabulators on cover of Scientific American

Catalog Number

102649675

Type

Still Image

Date

1890-08-30

Publisher

Scientific American

Place of Publication

New York, NY

Identifying Numbers

Other number NOS 92

Dimensions

8 x 10 in.

Format

Photographic print

Description

This is a black and white image of the front cover for the August 30, 1890 (vol.63, no. 9) issue of Scientific American magazine showing several of Herman Hollerith's machines being used for the 1890 United States census. The magazine cover itself has torn edges at the top and bottom. The top left image on the page shows a man sitting down in front of a Hollerith machine and punching cards. The inscription at the bottom reads "Electrical Tabulating Machines". The image on the top right shows a man sitting down punching cards. The caption below reads "Punching Special Return Cards". The image in the middle left of the page shows the census building and the middle right of the page has several woman sitting down in front of a Hollerith machine entering data into the tabulator. The bottom image shows census records being delivered. The bottom caption reads "THE NEW CENSUS OF THE UNITED STATES - THE ELECTRICAL ENUMERATING MECHANISM. - [See page 132]". Written on verso side of image in black ink is "1890" and in blue ink "NOS 92" and stamped in black letters is "PLEASE CREDIT IBM ARCHIVES".

Category

Identification photograph; Publicity photograph

Subject

Computer industry--History; Punched card systems; International Business Machines Corporation--History; Computers--History

Lot Number

X7413.2015