Need ID for IBM Cards [+ Picture]

From: Don Maslin <>
Date: Tue Sep 14 23:16:45 1999

On Tue, 14 Sep 1999, Merle K. Peirce wrote:

> If I can find the MagCard manual, I'll see if I can find the capacity. I
> don't know if it mirrored the punch card or not, although I think it
> held more data. They were supposed to be terrors to run.

Not really, as I recall, even an engineer could run one :) As to
capacity, my (probably foggy) recollection is that they held about a page
and a half of text.

                                                 - don
> On Tue, 14 Sep 1999, Wayne Smith wrote:
> > I think you're right. You are the second person to ID the cards as from an early memory typewriter. I should have mentioned in my earlier post that each of the cards was paperclipped to a carbon copy of a document. Based on the length of the documents, these cards didn't hold much.
> >
> > I have posted a scan of a couple of these cards at to the extent that it helps in further IDing them.
> >
> > Thanks.
> >
> > >>>> "Merle K. Peirce" <> 09/14 2:16 AM >>>
> > >Sounds like a magcard, probably from an old MagcardII typewriter or a
> > >Displaywriter.
> > >
> > >On Mon, 13 Sep 1999, Wayne Smith wrote:
> > >
> > >> I was just going through a box of old files (circa 1970) that my office is throwing out and I found four cards that I need an ID on. >>They are the same size and shape as a standard puch card, but appear to be made of some sort of magnetic media. They are >>approximately the color of standard magnetic cassette tape on one side, and nearly black on the other. Each card has "IBM" >>printed on it in white with a direction arrow next to it in one corner of the card directly opposite the notch. In the corner with the >>notch there are two groups of 3 digits, also in white.
> > >>
> > >> The cards have what appear to be track marks on them in three parallel rows on the horizontal, as if fed through a reader.
> > >>
> > >> Thanks. If it would be useful I post a scan of one of these.
> > >>
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