Google Doodle Celebrates 131 Years Of An Office Staple: The Hole Punch

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The animation shows a sheet of paper doing a little jig after being punched. It utilizes a lever and spring framework to enable the client to fix up and punch gaps with barrel-shaped edges through stacked sheets of paper easily. Today (November 14) is the 131st Anniversary of the Hole Puncher, the humble stationery product that is a part of most homes and offices.

German scientist Friedrich Soennecken filed a patent for the punching machine on November 14, 1886.

"#Google #Doodle pays tribute to hole puncher on 131st anniversary! missed #ChildrensDay? asked one Twitter user".

The inventor founded the Soennecken company, an office supplier. Besides the hole puncher, he invented a binder and a special nib for ink pens that are used for calligraphy. The fruits of that labor make up most of the doodle, providing a happier use to the unwieldy mess usually left over from the task. Along with the hole punch, the entrepreneur is also accredited with the invention of the ring binder. Later hole punch was patented by Benjamin Smith, who named it "Conductor's punch". 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. Another U.S. inventor Charles Brooks was also credited with improving on the German-derived device in 1893.

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. On a larger scale, it is also used in the printing industry to punch hundreds of sheets of paper. A year later the first decorative paper puncher was launched, bringing a new trend in the market.

Google said: "Today we celebrate 131 years of the hole puncher, an understated - but essential - artefact of German engineering".



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