Artifact Details

Title

IBM 533 Card reader/ punch

Catalog Number

102728144

Type

Physical object

Date

1954

Manufacturer

International Business Machines (IBM)

Place Manufactured

U.S.

Identifying Numbers

Other number 2,129,764 Patent number found on silver IBM sticker inside the front drop panel on the right side
Other number 2,282,066 Patent number found on silver IBM sticker inside the front drop panel on the right side
Other number 533 10414 KW Found on an IBM property label inside the machine on the let side (visible when front panel is dropped)

Dimensions

overall: 49 3/4 in x 58 1/2 in x 25 in

Description

The object is part of the IBM 650. The card entry/exit mechanisms are at the top right corner of the machine. There are 14 control buttons along the middle front edge and a plastic badge which says, "IBM read punch." Below the badge is a card opening with punch cards remaining in slot. The right side panel has a handle to pull down the plugboard tray, but is blocked by the surrounding panel. The left side has two small access doors that are opening using a push button latch and pivot on hinges. The back of the card reader is open, revealing all working mechanisms: wires, gears, etc. There is a cloth tag at the back which says "March 1, 1956."

Category

I/O/punched card device

Collection Title

Paul Pierce Collection

Credit

Gift of Paul Pierce

Lot Number

X7021.2014