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punch card

(pŭnch kard),
A card on which data are stored by means of holes made in specified positions so that data can be sorted, processed, and analyzed; method still used in developing world.
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Prudential still used its Gore machines, while Metropolitan Life, which had tried out Hollerith machines during its participation in the 1910 Medico-Actuarial Mortality Investigation, found them useful for this work, but "not applicable to the general work of the |Actuarial~ division," for which they continued to use hand-sorted cards or bound registers.
In 1941 the Nazis conducted a census in Holland assisted by Hollerith machines and 132 million punch cards sent by IBM in the US that same year.
Information collected by the Hollerith machines manufactured by DEHOMAG was submitted to police stations and local statistical and registry offices.
One was an accounting professor who knew Hollerith machines (punched-card readers) and understood that advancements in that area would change much of what we were doing.