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Jean-Baptiste Falcon

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Jean-Baptiste Falcon of France worked in the silk industry as the assistant of Basile Bouchon. He improved the pattern selection system for weaving looms invented by Bouchon. In 1728 he replaced the pierced paper system invented by Bouchon in 1725 with a punch card system for controlling looms.

Jacques de Vaucanson tried to improve the system, but Jacquard went on to achieve notable success in 1804.

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