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Google Doodle pays tribute to hole puncher on its 131st anniversary

14 November 2017

Google on Tuesday marked its 131st anniversary by paying tribute to the hole puncher or stapler with its animated doodle.

Some reports say the anniversary of the puncher is disputed. Soennecken, who fittingly also introduced the ring binder, filed a patent for the hole puncher on November 14, 1886.

Artist and illustrator Gerben Steenks has drawn the famous Google logo using familiar circular disks, bringing the Doodle alive when a hole puncher gives eyes to a blue sheet of paper.

These days, standardised hole punchers incorporate a compartment to collect the confetti left behind by the process and can be adjusted to fit different paper sizes. However, the first recorded patents for a paper hole puncher was published by an American man named Benjamin Smith in 1885. The doodle sees every letter of "Google" barring the "L" created from discarded colourful paper discs. 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.

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"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 blog post begins. 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.

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

The irony of Google celebrating a tool that it's doing more than anyone else to make obsolete shouldn't be lost on anyone.

The hole punch was invented by German entrepreneur and inventor Friedrich Soennecken, who founded the office supplies company Soennecken in 1875. You don't need a hole punch when all your figures and data can be comfortably viewed on a Chromebook's screen.

Google Doodle pays tribute to hole puncher on its 131st anniversary