Hole punch history: Google pays tribute to this humble device on its 131st anniversary with a doodle

Hole punch history: Although we have made a big leap into the digital age, this hole puncher is still widely used in modern workplaces today.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 14, 2017 2:06 pm
Google Doodle pays tribute to the hole puncher on its 131st anniversary Hole punch history: German scientist Friedrich Soennecken filed a patent for the hole puncher on November 14, 1886. The son of a blacksmith, Soennecken also invented binder and a special nib for ink pens that was suitable for calligraphy.

On Tuesday, Google celebrated its 131st anniversary by paying tribute to the hole puncher or stapler with its animated doodle. Even though workplaces have evolved over time, this hole puncher has more or less remained unchanged. The Google Doodle displays the logo consisting of colourful paper circles, expect the fourth letter ‘g’, which is replaced with a blue sheet of paper.

German scientist Friedrich Soennecken filed a patent for the punching machine on November 14, 1886. The son of a blacksmith, Soennecken also invented binder and a special nib for ink pens that was suitable for calligraphy. He also founded his own company F Soennecken Verlag in 1875.

Although we have made a big leap into the digital age, this machine is still widely used in modern workplaces today and it will continue to be relevant till paper exists in the market. 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. On a larger scale, it is also used in the printing industry to punch hundreds of sheets of paper. The doodle animation also shows a small piece of paper, the byproduct of punching process doing a little jig.

The website also celebrates India’s children’s day showcasing interpretations of the Google logo by children from India. Children’s day is celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of India’s first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.

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