Chief Accountant's Punch Room, 1948

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Chief Accountant's Punch Room, 1948

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From when it commenced operations in 1934, punched card equipment was used at the Bank, and continued to be used into the 1960s.
This photo shows women operating key punches in the Chief Accountant’s Department in 1948.
A key punch is a device for entering data into punched cards by precisely punching holes at locations designated by the keys struck by the operator. Early keypunches were manual devices. Later keypunches were mechanized, often resembled a small desk, with a keyboard similar to a typewriter, and with hoppers for blank and punched cards. The small pieces punched out by a keypunch fell into a chad box/chip box/bit bucket.

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