General Purpose Punched Cards

A section of the Punched Card Collection

University of Illinois Department of Computer Science

 [University of Illinois punch-card]

Aside from its institutional imprints, card has only one interesting feature -- two separate boxes, each with with column numbers, for the textual interpretation of the data punched on the card. The topmost box, 80 columns long, is positioned around the area where interpreting keypunches print, while the bottom box, broken into two lines, is positioned around the area where off-line interpreters print.

Princeton University Computer Center

 [Princeton University punch-card]

Aside from the change of institution and the omission of the ruled boxes around the areas reserved for interpretation of the card, the design of this card serves all of the same purposes as the Illinois card shown above.

MIT Information Processing Center

 [MIT punch-card]

This card has essentially no interesting features other than the rather ugly overprinting of the classical MIT seal over the punch position numbers of a standard generic card.