|The New Wonder Book Cyclopedia of World Knowledge. Philadelphia & Toronto: |
International Press, 1954.
As the above images indicate, punch cards have been around for quite a long time. They really came into their own in the 1970's, when all kinds of information was collected in this form:
At Queen's University, Kingston in the 1970's, even student cards were made in this form:
Carefully punching or cutting additional holes in them was a source of amusement for some people, as apparently this could cause havoc with the card readers.