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One of IBM's first products was the Electronic Tabulating System, a mechanical tabulator based on punched cards which was invented by Herman Hollerith in the 1890s. His Tabulating Machine Company became part of CTR in 1911.
This computing scale was invented in 1885 and became a key component in CTR. The company also produced bacon slicers, meat choppers, coffee mills, and retail scales. Interesting name for IBM as it's a scale not a computer.
The Computing Scale Company of America joined CTR in 1911.
The industrial revolution was going on in full force at the beginning of the 20th century. One of the first IBM products was a time clock which had workers dial their employee number and then push a lever to record their arrival/departure on a roll of paper.
Credit: Yannick Trottier