IBM Type 26 Printing Card Punch

Found these photos rattling around on my camera and figured someone here might be interested or have more information on what these do exactly. A little before my time, are those valves? Yikes! :sweat_smile:

Edit: Mirrored the images here.

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Wow, nostalgia! When I was at uni in the 1970s, one of these was in the public area for people to type up cards. It was high tech at the time and very heavy duty. Card punch operators used to use them all day and were as proficient as typists. At the time I was using it, the punch operators had moved on to IBM 129 card punches which were much more modern looking and used more plastic. They were blue and white iirc.

A lot of card punching of data was quite repetitive, ie, much of a card was identical to the previous one. A feature of card punches was the DUP key which repeated what had been on the previous card iirc. I think you were able to set it up to automatically dup multiple columns automatically too.

I wish we had had mobile phones with cameras in those days. There would have been a lot more photos of this old equipment. I did not usually carry a camera to work with me at the time :slight_smile:

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