By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (Valentine’s Day February 14, 2024) – Today’s edition of Fun with Maps celebrates 100 years of computing – by a new name.


Today is the 100th anniversary of the renaming of an iconic American company.

Started in 1911 as Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company, the record-keeping company was renamed in 1924 as International Business Machines (IBM).

The original company specialized in time clocks for businesses, timecards and punched cards, and scales.

IBM has been a leader in many ways. It has provided employees to assist in the NASA programs, specifically the Apollo missions.  It was one of the first companies to provide holidays, life insurance, and company sports teams as employee perks.  Five IBM employees have won Nobel Prizes.

IBM’s supercomputer made history in 1997 when it defeated world chess champion Garry Kasparov.

IBM is headquartered in Armonk, New York, north of New York City. This pocket map of New York is by Tanner from 1848.

Map of New York -Circa 1848 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Fun with Maps here on Loveland Beacon.