- The Rise and Fall of The Punched Card

The Rise and Fall of The Punched Card

Ever wondered what happened to punched cards? Today, most of us associate the term PC with the phrase “personal computer”. But did you know that until the mid-20th century, PC actually referred to punched cards? Predominantly used from 1890 until the late 1970s, paper punched cards were the prima...
Ever wondered what happened to punched cards? Today, most of us associate the term PC with the phrase “personal computer”. But did you know that until the mid-20th century, PC actually referred to punched cards? Predominantly used from 1890 until the late 1970s, paper punched cards were the primary method of data storage and processing in manufacturing facilities and offices.

To explore the evolution of this important precursor to the modern database, let’s take a brief journey back to a time before data processing was a purely digital endeavor.

FEATURED GUEST - Marc Weber
Curatorial Director of Internet History Program
The Computer History Museum

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