The IBM 129 Card Data Recorders are key-entry, card punching and verifying machines with both data and program storage used to prepare standard 80-column cards for data processing.

The IBM 129 Card Data Recorders are available in three models:

Model 1: Punch & Verify
Model 2: Punch & Print
Model 2: Punch, Print & Verify

This 129 is a Model 1.

The 129 was designed to be very vertatile. It allowed for 48 or 64 character sets, depending on the computer that would read the cards, and also included the ability to use ASCII. The 80 column card example and IBM704 (“EL”) character set can be seen in the photo gallery below.