Google Doodle Celebrating Hole Punch 131st anniversary


While not quite as indispensable as the stapler, the hole puncher has been a staple of business offices for more than a century.

There's nothing worse that everyone forgetting your birthday, and thanks to Google's sketch, the hole punch will enjoy its day in the sun - although you can't help but think that anything slightly more noteworthy would have gotten the nod ahead of it. Prince Charles - born exactly 62 years after the hole puncher patent was filed - must be particularly ticked off.

Google Doodle recently honoured Urdu author Abdul Qavi Desnavi and Himalayan explorer Nain Singh Rawat. The second "g" is made of a paper that the hole puncher punches in the 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.

The doodle paid tribute to the German inventor Friedrich Soennecken, who filed a patent for the hole puncher November 14, 1886. These doodles can be found on Google's website.

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Google is paying tribute to the hole puncher with a new Doodle. Soennecken called the device "Papierlocher fur Sammelmappen", which means paper hole maker. Besides the hole puncher, he invented a binder and a special nib for ink pens that are used for calligraphy.

The German went on to establish the Soennecken office supply company and was later awarded an honorary title from the University of Bonn. That apart, despite moving towards an increasingly digital era, the hole puncher remains as relevant today as it was when it was invented 131 years ago.

"Today we celebrate 131 years of the hole puncher, an understated - but essential - artifact of German engineering".

It still uses a lever and spring system, but these days standardised hole punchers have an added compartment to collect the paper confetti left behind.