Hole punching machine celebrates 131st anniversary with a Google doodle

Google Doodle Hole Punch

Google Doodle Hole Punch

And in honor of the hole puncher's longevity, Google created an illustration of the device as a Google Doodle.

The hole puncher employs a lever and spring system to allow the user to line up and punch holes with cylindrical blades through stacked sheets of paper easily.

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Google Doodle recently honoured Urdu author Abdul Qavi Desnavi and Himalayan explorer Nain Singh Rawat. These are a reference to the small circular bits of paper that are leftover after we punch holes in the sheets of papers. Instead, Google credits the invention to the German Friedrich Soennecken, who one year later patented the Papierlocher für Sammelmappen on 14 November 1886.

Google Doodle marked the 131st anniversary of this invention Tuesday.

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The doodle shows a sheet of paper where the second "g" on Google's logo sits, followed by an animated hole puncher creating a pair of eyes and smile. Be that as it may, as tablets and cell phones make the presence of paper itself less and less significant, it stays to be seen what the future may hold for the paper punch. Today (November 14) is the 131st Anniversary of the Hole Puncher, the humble stationery product that is a part of most homes and offices.

Soennecken introduced the two-hole punch and the ring binder which is used to organise documents by punching holes in sheets of paper often for the objective of collecting the sheets in a binder or folder.

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While not quite as indispensable as the stapler, the hole puncher has been a staple of business offices for more than a century. The son of a blacksmith, Soennecken also invented binder and a special nib for ink pens that was suitable for calligraphy. Newer iterations of the machine are also used for more creative purposes like decorative purposes like making confetti.

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