Hollerith 45 column horizontal electrical sorting machine, 1920-1930

Made:
1920-1930 in Letchworth
maker:
British Tabulating Machine Company Limited

Creative Commons LicenseThis image is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 Licence

Buy this image as a print 

License this image for commercial use at Science and Society Picture Library

Creative Commons LicenseThis image is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 Licence

Buy this image as a print 

License this image for commercial use at Science and Society Picture Library

Creative Commons LicenseThis image is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 Licence

Buy this image as a print 

License this image for commercial use at Science and Society Picture Library

Creative Commons LicenseThis image is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 Licence

Buy this image as a print 

License this image for commercial use at Science and Society Picture Library

Creative Commons LicenseThis image is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 Licence

Buy this image as a print 

License this image for commercial use at Science and Society Picture Library

Creative Commons LicenseThis image is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 Licence

Buy this image as a print 

License this image for commercial use at Science and Society Picture Library

Hollerith horizontal electrical sorting machine, no.7407, 45 column, invented by Herman Hollerith, and made by British
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Hollerith horizontal electrical sorting machine, no.7407, 45 column, invented by Herman Hollerith, and made by British
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Hollerith horizontal electrical sorting machine, no.7407, 45 column, invented by Herman Hollerith, and made by British
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Hollerith horizontal electrical sorting machine, no.7407, 45 column, invented by Herman Hollerith, and made by British
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Hollerith horizontal electrical sorting machine, no.7407, 45 column. Three quarter front view on blue background. From
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Hollerith horizontal electrical sorting machine, no.7407, 45 column. Front view on white background. From a colour
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Hollerith horizontal electrical sorting machine, no.7407, 45 column, invented by Herman Hollerith, and made by British Tabulating Machine Company Limited, Letchworth, Hertfordshire, England, 1920-1930

Hollerith horizontal electrical sorting machine, no. 7407, 45 column by German inventor Dr. Herman Hollerith (1860-1929). He devised a mechanical system for recording data from the punched card device introduced by Joseph Jacquard (1752-1834) and eventually designed machines able to combine punching, sorting and tabulating functions in one, such as those used in the 1890 US Census. In 1896 he formed a company which later evolved into International Business Machines, known today as IBM. The machine sorts puched cards into groups uder the desired headings. The cards are places in batches vertically in the stacker on the right-hand side, and by turning a small handle, a pointed is set against the column desired for sorting. Once the start buttong is pressed, the cards would be sorted at a rate of 24,000 per hour until one of the 'pockets' for storing punched cards becomes full.

On display

Science Museum: Information Age Gallery: Web

If you are visiting to see this object, please contact us in advance to make sure that it will be on display.

Cite this page

Rights

We encourage the use and reuse of our collection data.


Data in the title, made, maker and details fields are released under Creative Commons Zero


Descriptions and all other text content are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence

Using our data

Download

Download catalogue entry as json

Our records are constantly being enhanced and improved, but please note that we cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information shown on this website.