Jacquard’s Loom

There are slides devoted to this topic: Lecture 3, pp. 62-74.


Learn about Jacquard and his loom by reading the biographical “Joseph Marie Jacquard” article from the Cyber Philately Computer Stamps website, which also discusses the later significance of Jacquard’s invention.

Read “Jacquard and his Punch Card Loom” article from Victorian Web, which provides biographical information as well as the process of the loom’s commercialization.


Watch a video of a “Jacquard Loom Walkthrough,” in which the owner of the loom demonstrates its basic mechanics and the process of “programming” the loom to weave patterns.


Jacquard’s web: How a hand-loom led to the birth of the information age, by James Essinger. Book available online to Tri-Co members.

The History of Computers, by Les Freed, pgs. 16-17