Hole punching machine celebrates 131st anniversary with a Google doodle

Hole punching machine celebrates 131st anniversary with a Google doodle

The animation shows a sheet of paper doing a little jig after being punched.

The sole goal of a hole puncher is to punch holes in paper, so that sheets can be bound together.

Google's blog post on hole punch wrote: It's a familiar scene with a familiar tool: the gentle rat-tat-tat on the table as you square up a dangerously thick stack of papers, still warm from the printer.

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.

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Basically, a hole puncher is used to create holes in papers to assemble and file them together. He devised a tool to make small holes in paper. Soennecken was the son of a blacksmith who founded his own company, F Soennecken Verlag, in 1875. Besides the hole puncher, he has invented a binder and a special nib for ink pens suitable for calligraphy. Newer iterations of the machine are also used for more creative purposes like decorative purposes like making confetti.

In the USA, the first patent for a hole puncher was given to Benjamin Smith from MA. Brooks called the device a ticket punch, according to ThoughtCo. The gap puncher has either single or numerous opening punch and a long lever which pushes the edge through the sheets of paper giving the same number of gaps as required.

To celebrate the humble invention, Google, more specifically Gerben Steenks, has come up with an animated Doodle depicting a piece of paper that spring alive and starts to dance when the hole puncher does what it does best.

In 1992, Bernadette Chenard, a professional paper-craft-artist who formerly used leather punches and standard hole punches to create shapes from paper, was exhausted of the sound of the hammer pounding on the paper and the difficulty in achieving professional results.

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