Photo by Rory Finneren.
Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:
- IBM turned 100 yesterday, did you know it has roots in Georgetown?
- If you still want to buy up one of the nautical prints that once graced Nathan’s walls, there are still some more for sale at Antiques of Georgetown.
Today GM introduces yet another in his long line of occasional series: Did You Realize? As he digs into the history of Georgetown, GM sometimes comes across a fact or story that is surprising and not widely known.
For the first installment of this new series, GM asks you this: Did you realize that IBM was started here?
It’s true. It all started with the 1890 Census. The prior census almost took an entire decade to compile. Thus to complete the 1890 census on time, the Census Bureau realized that they needed to turn to technology. Serendipitously, just one year earlier, a Buffalo inventor, Herman Hollerith, received a patent on the great-great-great-grandfather of the computer hard-drive: the punched card. Recognizing the benefit of Hollerith’s invention, the Census Bureau hired him. Continue reading