Hole punching machine celebrates 131st anniversary with a Google doodle

Google Doodle commemorates the 131st anniversary of the punching machine

The doodle animation also shows a small piece of paper, the byproduct of punching process doing a little jig.

On the 128th birth anniversary on Tuesday of India's first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, widely celebrated as Children's Day across the country, Google chose to sport a playful Doodle celebrating 131 years of the hole puncher.

Patented by Friedrich Soennecken on November 14 1886, the hole puncher has gone down in history as one of the all time great feats of German ingenuity. His invention led to designers in the United States to work on a better version.

What is a hole puncher?

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A hole punch has a long lever, which helps push a bladed cylinder through a number of sheets of paper, creating identical holes, making it easy to stack them together in a folder. Soennecken was the son of a blacksmith who founded his own company, F Soennecken Verlag, in 1875. 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.

Another type of hole puncher is the single hole puncher, which is primarily used to punch tickets. However, the first recorded patents for a paper hole puncher was published by an American man named Benjamin Smith in 1885.

The design of the hole puncher has not changed much in the 131 years since its invention. Another U.S. inventor Charles Brooks was also credited with improving on the German-derived device in 1893.

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. The second "g" is made of a paper that the hole puncher punches in the doodle. The hole puncher doodle reaches countries across Europe, North America, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand and India.

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