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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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    Janet
    Nov 14, 2017 at 11:28 am
    I read that Children’s day in the US is June 10. But somewhere named Kanak in New Caledonia it’s today. Universal children’s day is November 20 - which is next Monday. In India it’s November 14th.
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      ramamurty
      Nov 14, 2017 at 10:50 am
      It is a great disappoint that google forgets Children's Day and celebrates a 'hole puncher' on 14th November. Or is is a subtle display of sycophancy to the present govt? I wonder...
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        Janet
        Nov 14, 2017 at 11:33 am
        Google, located in the US, posted the punch thing on November 13th. It’s not yet November 14th here. I’m looking at the date of your posts and it says November 14. We’re still in November 13. Be patient and check back in several hours when the US calendar switches over to November 14 after midnight.
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          ramamurty
          Nov 14, 2017 at 4:24 pm
          Google doodles are both country specific and global. Normally google does not ignore important days for a specific country and creates doodles as per that country's time zone. For India, Children's Day is on the 14th of November, which is also the Birthday of its first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru. Hence, it pains millions of Indians to see that Google chose to ignore it and I expressed the same sentiment. Also, there are past precedent of Google observing Indin Childrens day upto 2016( Link: s: google /doodles?q childrens 20day 20india) Hence, I suspected a shift in Google's policies.
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        Debasree Banerjee
        Nov 14, 2017 at 10:45 am
        History communicates the unstated objective and which when recorded as catalyzing innovation with logical reasoning and development is invention.
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        1. Shakeel Rahman
          Nov 14, 2017 at 10:35 am
          Why Google is not Celebrating Childrens Day ?
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            Lubbubee
            Nov 14, 2017 at 10:00 am
            Wish they had celebrated Children's Day instead :(
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