Vintage Computer Punch Cards / 1970's Mainframe Data Processing / Artist Trading Card, Junk Journal, Pen Pal Swap, Smash + Altered Book, ATC

Vintage Computer Punch Cards / 1970's Mainframe Data Processing / Artist Trading Card, Junk Journal, Pen Pal Swap, Smash + Altered Book, ATC



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  • Vintage from the 1970s
  • Materials: cardstock, computer punch card paper, vintage paper

5, 10 or 25 computer punch cards
7 3/8 x 3 1/4 in
18.7 x 8.3 cm

Lots of great uses for these nostalgic bits of computer history - gift them to your favourite geek to use as bookmarks; cut them up for artist trading cards; incorporate them into your junk journal; create a pocket in an altered book; paint watercolour images and designs on them so the numbers show through; etc. etc. etc.

Why not fold one in half and use it as the cover for a small notebook like Jekaterina from the Etsy shop '640kbytes' did? (Image #4)

Want to punch a computer card? Go here:

Computers have come a long way since the '70's. There was a time when you laboriously punched out numbers on card after card, in order to program the monstrous, mainframe computer. If you accidentally dropped them and they got out of order, that was the end of your program! Picture #6 shows a stack of 62,500 punched cards — 5 MB worth — that held the control program for the giant SAGE military computer network.

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Multiple people gave 5-star reviews to this shop in the past 7 days.


Christine Stevenson Aug 21, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

LOVE it - thank you!

ascubed Nov 25, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

Everything was nicely protected and looks great. Exactly what I expected. Can't wait to use them. Throw back to my high school days.

Wendy Ward Jun 19, 2019

5 out of 5 stars

Fantabulous goods for journaling of all kinds!! Crisp cards, can’t wait to junk ‘em up!

Millana Feb 9, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

Love these, thank you 🌞

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