Artifact Details

Title

Punched card wreath

Catalog Number

102667304

Type

Physical Object

Date

1960-1969

Manufacturer

Bounds, Camille

Dimensions

4 x 24 x 24 in.

Description

Wreath made from rolled up punch cards spray painted gold.

Category

Ephemera/other

Curator Notes

This wreath, created using computer punched cards in the 1960s, suggests how widespread punched cards were at the time. IBM defined the “IBM Card” in 1928 for its mechanical office equipment. Ironically, given that computers were supposed to reduce paper, the use of punched cards proliferated throughout the 1960s and ‘70s as the main input medium for computers as well. Cards were made by the billions until rendered obsolete by online input methods in the mid-1970s. [2012-12-20 DSPICER].

Credit

Gift of Camille Bounds

Lot Number

X3612.2007