Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Tech | By Constance Martin

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

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

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.

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. Well, I thought yesterday what Google Doodle will surprise the entire world on children's day 2017. These are a reference to the small circular bits of paper that are leftover after we punch holes in the sheets of papers.

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

It may be recalled that Google used to run a contest called "Doodle 4 India".

The hole puncher was created back in 1886 by Friedrich Soennecken, a German inventor who is also responsible for thinking up ring binder.

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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.

Aside from the hole puncher, his major invention was the "round writing" style of calligraphy and the famous fountain pen nib that made the technique both possible and accessible. On a larger scale, it is also used in the printing industry to punch hundreds of sheets of paper.

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 cornerstone of stationery cupboards across the globe, the hole puncher celebrates its 131st anniversary today (November 14).

If the date involved wasn't a giveaway, Google's accompanying blog post makes it pretty clear which side the search engine comes down on, referring to the hole puncher as an essential "artifact of German engineering".

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