Hole puncher history: Google Doodle celebrates hole puncher on 131st anniversary


The doodle, illustrated by Gerben Steenks, showed the Google logo made of colorful paper circles.

Google describes the hole puncher as an understated but essential artifact of German engineering.

While Google has dedicated its doodle to the 131st Anniversary of the hole puncher in 2017, it has been hosting a competition for children in India to celebrate Children's Day over the past few years. On the Google home page, the "g" in "Google" has been substituted for a piece of paper, which rejoices as a puncher makes two parallel holes in it. While the origins of the hole punch is a disputed topic, Google has acknowledged the 1886 patent by German inventor Friedrich Soennecken. His invention led to designers in the United States to work on a better version.

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Basically, a hole puncher is used to create holes in papers to assemble and file them together. The son of a blacksmith, Soennecken also invented binder and a special nib for ink pens that was suitable for calligraphy. Soennecken is now a well-known German company that specialises in office supplies. Variations of the machine are commonly found in offices today, even in the digital age, and is not likely to change much as long as humans continue to use paper. Newer iterations of the machine are also used for more creative purposes like decorative purposes like making confetti. Brooks called the device a ticket punch, according to ThoughtCo.

A simple lever-spring system allowed users to punch holes in a stack of paper, which could then be filed neatly in a ring binder - another of Soennecken's inventions.

The Google Doodle for the hole puncher is on the website's homepage across Europe, North America, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand and India.