Google celebrates the invention of the hole puncher with a new Doodle

Allan Goodman
November 15, 2017

And in honor of the hole puncher's longevity, Google created an illustration of the device as a Google Doodle. The liveliness demonstrates a sheet of paper doing a little dance in the wake of being punched. Well, I thought yesterday what Google Doodle will surprise the entire world on children's day 2017.

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. The hole punch dates back to the German inventor Friedrich Soennecken who filed his patent on November 14, 1886 in his Papierlocher für Sammelmappen. These doodles can be found on Google's website. The Google Doodle displays the logo consisting of colourful paper circles, expect the second letter "g", which is replaced with a blue sheet of paper. Soennecken, who was the son of a blacksmith, has several inventions to his credit.

Friedrich Soennecken founded Soennecken, an office supplier.

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Aside from the hole puncher, his major invention was the "round writing" style of calligraphy and the famous fountain pen nib that made the technique both possible and accessible. However, the first recorded patents for a paper hole puncher was published by an American man named Benjamin Smith in 1885.

Soennecken introduced the two-hole punch and the ring binder which is used to organise documents by punching holes in sheets of paper often for the goal of collecting the sheets in a binder or folder. 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. The more drawn out the lever, the more sheets of paper can be punched through with the same negligible power.

"Today we celebrate 131 years of the hole puncher, an understated - but essential - artifact of German engineering".

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