UPC bar codes of that type did not come into popular usage until the late 80s and early 90s, in supermarkets first, but certainly not ever on a college ID in 1981. They simply did not exist in such a form at that time because there were no commercially-available devices to read them
(outside of a laboratory).
I went to a similarly-appointed college (graduated in '80) and I still have my ID (a small laminated Polaroid card). The Columbia ID in the photo is far too graphically modern to have been produced anywhere near the same time period.
posted on 04/06/2012 6:22:37 AM PDT
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To: andy58-in-nh; muawiyah
I did a MA in the mid-80s and strangely enough, I happen to have my student I.D. card in a box behind my desk.
In looking at it, there is a magnetic strip along the lower part of the back of the card.
There is no bar coding on the card.
It is a thick plastic photo ID. (I had a lot more hair back then)
Card is from a major mid-western University circa 1985.
posted on 04/06/2012 7:01:33 AM PDT
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