New York: IBM, 1964. 3 1/4 x 7 3/8"
computer punchcard, printed on orange card stock. A souvenir, which we presume to have been printed in conjunction with the IBM Pavilion at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City. Faintly printed on the top margin is the phrase “YOU DO NOT TRANSFER YOUR ANGER OR REPEAT FAULTS”. We have encountered only one other example of this souvenir punchcard, which had a different text printed on top, leading us to believe that this was perhaps a visitor supplied text – making each punchcard interactive and unique. IBM also issued punchcard souvenirs which used OCR to process handwritten “this date in history” request slips from visitors, for which there is more widespread documentation and which we’ve seen before, but this example is different.
The 1964 IBM Pavilion, designed by Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen, was a turning point in the public’s acceptance of computers. For the vast number of the millions of visitors to the pavilion it was their first interaction with computing, which this enigmatic souvenir is evidence of. Item #24980