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Hollerith system on cover of "Scientific American"

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Place of Publication

New York, NY


overall: 6 in x 4 in

Copyright Holder

Scientific American


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".


Identification photograph; Publicity photograph


Hollerith, Herman; Unit record equipment; Census


Reprinted with permission. Copyright © year Scientific American, a division of Nature America, Inc. All rights reserved.

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