Google doodle pays honors to the humble hole puncher on 131st anniversary

Isaac Cain
November 15, 2017

The device uses a lever and spring system to allow the user to punch holes with cylindrical blades through stacked sheets of paper with minimal force, according to the Mirror.

Google Doodle recently honoured Urdu author Abdul Qavi Desnavi and Himalayan explorer Nain Singh Rawat.

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.

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

A blue piece of blank paper comes to life and starts to dance after it suddenly has eyes, and a smile, punched in. Soennecken, who fittingly also introduced the ring binder, filed a patent for the hole puncher on November 14, 1886. Soennecken called the device "Papierlocher fur Sammelmappen", which means paper hole maker.

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These days, standardised hole punchers incorporate a compartment to collect the confetti left behind by the process and can be adjusted to fit different paper sizes. He also founded his own company F Soennecken Verlag in 1875.

History tells us we have Friedrich Soennecken, a German entrepreneur and inventor, to thank for this officious yet sometimes physically demanding office tool.

The hole puncher has been described as an understated but essential artifact of German engineering, which has remained unchanged over the years, according to the Google Blog Post. While Smith's device was more for ticketing, Soennecken was laser focused on stationary, having already developed a type of calligraphy known as "round writing", and later the ring binder for all his holey sheets of paper to be collected in. A year later the first decorative paper puncher was launched, bringing a new trend in the market.

To celebrate the 131st anniversary of that filing, Google has created an animated doodle that demonstrates the joy often associated with a successful punch.

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