Paper tape carriers and paper tape

Paul Berger phb.hfx at
Fri Nov 11 16:17:53 CST 2016

On 2016-11-11 6:03 PM, Ian S. King wrote:
> On Fri, Nov 11, 2016 at 1:56 PM, jim stephens <jwsmail at> wrote:
>> On 11/11/2016 8:53 AM, Al Kossow wrote:
>>> On 11/11/16 7:42 AM, Paul Koning wrote:
>>> No one is making new 80 column punched card stock either.
>>>> No stock, or no cards?  I would think that one of the paper
>>>> manufacturers would be putting out postcard stock of the right
>>>> specifications.
>>> This has been discussed for several years here. No one is making paper
>>> stock to IBM card stock specifications.
>> A friend I know in St. Louis had them made regularly at an client's
>> operation.  The card stock for credit card pull forms is correct. They may
>> still have the dies for their machines.  However I don't think the favors
>> exist to get more made.
>> Can check though.   The card stock comes in 12' diameter rolls, so it
>> isn't a "pretty please" sort of favor to get the machines set up that
>> handle the manufacturing process.  Think rolls of paper the size of
>> newsprint, and weighing in at 3000# +
>> They might also be able to do paper tape, though I'd favor if it is a
>> scratch operation doing it from mylar, even though that is hard on punches.
>> thanks
>> Jim
>> Using a paper folder to convert roll to fanfold has also been discussed.
>>> Nothing has resulted from either discussion.
> Somewhere I have a photo of the machine that IBM used to make punch cards.
> It's in a small museum in Endicott, NY.  It did indeed take a roll of paper
> made to IBM specs and produce the flat punch cards many of us know and some
> subset of those, love.  It hadn't been run in years when I saw it.
The machine is called a Carroll Press, the cylindrical printing plates 
still show up on eBay from time to time.  The presses crank out cards at 
about 800 a minute, they are feed from big rolls of card stock the 
machine cuts prints and boxes the cards.  In the late 80s I was working 
in the IBM Toronto Lab on the second floor of the old plant on Don Mills 
Rd. and there was still some Carroll Presses operating in the basement.  
You could hear the low rumble and feel the vibration on our floor when 
they where running.


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