Hole punching machine celebrates 131st anniversary with a Google doodle

15 November, 2017, 00:54 | Author: Pamela Mathis
  • Google Doodle commemorates the 131st anniversary of the punching machine

If you have a hole punch on your desk, pick it up and give it a squeeze this morning.

Google's tribute to the hole puncher.

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

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

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.

It may be recalled that Google used to run a contest called "Doodle 4 India". While the origins of the hole punch is a disputed topic, Google has acknowledged the 1886 patent by German inventor Friedrich Soennecken.

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Google's homepage features an animated sequence featuring a hole puncher hovering over a piece of paper and punching out two eyes and a happy face. The second "g" of Google has been replaced by a blue sheet of paper. 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. Soennecken, who was the son of a blacksmith, has several inventions to his credit.

Another type of hole puncher is the single hole puncher, which is primarily used to punch tickets.

The design of the hole puncher has not changed much in the 131 years since its invention.

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. A year later the first decorative paper puncher was launched, bringing a new trend in the market.

The concept of a device that punches holes in paper and cardboard is 131-years-old today: an anniversary that Google has made a decision to celebrate with today's Google.

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