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September 22, 2011

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Charles

My grandfather told me stories of using a portable Hollerith Type 001 keypunch during the 1940s. He was a cattle inspector for the USDA, he'd ride the ranges throughout Wyoming and Montana on horseback, collecting statistics on cattle herds. He carried cards and the punch in his saddlebag, punched his data on to cards while in the field, and mailed them in to the office for processing. So that's always been my image of a cowboy: packin' a Hollerith instead of a Winchester.

John F. Ptak

That's a fantastic story, CHarles! Never heard of any cowboy like that before. Certainly there must be a calming Little DOggie song about that in there, somewhere. THanks!

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