When you think of data storage you may think of a thumb drive or maybe a CD. But long before those modern day storage devices, there was the punch card. Originally for clocking in and out of work, the punch card had very humble beginning but is the forefather of modern data storage today.
- In 1725, a textile worker named Basile Bouchon used a punch card to control looms. Essentially, the punch card allowed the machine to read and execute patters automatically. For the first time, a machine used a device to execute a process. It was the first memory card.
- The year 1890 was the first time a punch card was used to record and read data from a computer. Herman Hollerith used a punch card to complete the 1890 census in just one year. The 1880 census took eight years to complete.