Google punches up doodle tribute to the office hole puncher


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

A cornerstone of stationery cupboards across the globe, the hole puncher celebrates its 131st anniversary today (November 14). 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. History of the punching machineOn November 14, in the year 1886, German scientist Friedrich Soennecken filed a patent for the punching machine.

Google's tribute to the hole puncher. Soennecken, who was the son of a blacksmith, has several inventions to his credit.

Basically, a hole puncher is used to create holes in papers to assemble and file them together.

The German went on to establish the Soennecken office supply company and was later awarded an honorary title from the University of Bonn. That apart, despite moving towards an increasingly digital era, the hole puncher remains as relevant today as it was when it was invented 131 years ago. Newer iterations of the machine are also used for more creative purposes like decorative purposes like making confetti.

The design of the hole puncher has not changed much in the 131 years since its invention.

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. These are a reference to the small circular bits of paper that are leftover after we punch holes in the sheets of papers.

The reach of the doodle is across Europe, North America, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand and India.