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IBM 026 Keypunch
Figure 1
IBM 10 Keypunch
Figure 3
IBM 029 Keypunch
Figure 2

IBM 026, IBM 029 & IBM 010 Keypunches

A keypunch was the source of data and programming when I started in computing. As one typed on he keyboard, the characters were punched into the card (using a unique 12-hole code). After all your data or program lines were punched, the collected cards were read by standalone card devices (like a sorter) or by card readers attached to a computer. As late as the early 1970's at IBM, our programs consisted of thousands of cards held in metal trays (that fit into special file cabinets.) A program library was thus very similar to a real library, only with many trays of cards instead of books.

Much more information about IBM keypunches, history, how they work, codes, and so forth, is found here.

Figure 1 shows our IBM 026 Keypunch. The 026 was first introduced in 1949 replacing even older keypunch models.

Figure 2 shows our more modern IBM 029 Keypunch. The 029 was first introduced in 1964 and was the last version IBM made.

And Figure 3 show a semi-portable (it weighs about 40 lbs.) IBM 010 Keypunch. This device allows the operator to punch one card column at a time (the keys trigger a solenoid punch). Interestingly, I can't find any references to a IBM model "10" keypunch. There is a manual 010 that is similar, but obviously of earlier origin.