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        Pre Computer | History of the Computer

        circa 1960: The Hollerith tabulator and sorter box, invented by Herman Hollerith and used in the 1890 United States census. It 'read' cards by passing them through electrical contacts. Closed circuits, which indicated hole positions, could then be selected and counted. His Tabulating Machine Company (1896) was a predecessor to the International Business Machines Corporation (IBM). (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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