Punch Card Computing (2015)

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Scranton Lace Company — Scranton, Pennsylvania

The Jacquard Loom (on which the Nottingham Lace looms here were based) is a mechanical loom invented by Joseph M. Jacquard around 1800 that uses a series of punch cards to drive the pattern in the weave. It was an early predecessor to the modern computer, where a function is either “on” or “off” – corresponding to the holes punched in the cards.  The lace pattern cards you see here are what controlled the weave and by using  a chain of cards, a complex design pattern could be repeated with each card being the program for one row of the finished design.

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More of my work can be seen here

Scranton Lace

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