A typical 1930s punched card installation

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Date
1938 ca.
Credit Line
Courtesy of the IBM Corporate Archive
Copyright Owner
© International Business Machines Corporation (IBM)
Keywords
Unit record equipment; Electronic data processing
Object ID
102645819

The arrangement of card tabulating equipment in large rooms was designed to minimize the movement of people carrying boxes of cards. Many companies used time and motion studies of the kind pioneered by Frederick Taylor to increase efficiency.