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14 November 2017, 01:54 | Erica Roy
Google's tribute to the hole puncher. Google
The animation shows a sheet of paper doing a little jig after being punched.
A hole punch has a long lever, which helps push a bladed cylinder through a number of sheets of paper, creating identical holes, making it easy to stack them together in a folder.
A cornerstone of stationery cupboards across the globe, the hole puncher celebrates its 131st anniversary today (November 14). The second "g" of the word Google was replaced by a blue sheet of paper on which a hole puncher is seen punching holes.
On the 128th birth anniversary on Tuesday of India's first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, widely celebrated as Children's Day across the country, Google chose to sport a playful Doodle celebrating 131 years of the hole puncher.
Google refers to hole punch as an "artifact of German engineering".
131 years since its invention by German entrepreneur and inventor Friedrich Soennecken, the question of whether such a device has a place in an increasingly digital world. Soennecken called the device "Papierlocher fur Sammelmappen", which means paper hole maker.
He is also credited for inventing binder and a special nib for ink pens that was suitable 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. It is also used to make holes in leather and thin plastic sheets. The speciality of this invention is that its basic design has not changed in over 129 years. However, the first recorded patents for a paper hole puncher was published by an American man named Benjamin Smith in 1885. The longer the lever, the more sheets of paper can be punched through requiring minimal force. ISO 838 is the commonly used punching machine, apart from that single-hole punchers are used for various purposes like validating tickets or marking used playing cards.
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