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Google Doodle pays tribute to hole puncher on 131st anniversary

14 November 2017, 01:50 | Taylor George

Google Doodle marks 131st anniversary of the hole puncher

Google Doodle commemorates the 131st anniversary of the punching machine

The animation shows a sheet of paper doing a little jig after being punched. The device uses a lever and spring system to allow the user to punch holes with cylindrical blades through stacked sheets of paper with minimal force, according to the Mirror. The gap puncher's outline has not changed much in a long time since its development.

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. History of the punching machineOn November 14, in the year 1886, German scientist Friedrich Soennecken filed a patent for the punching machine.

Basically, a hole puncher is used to create holes in papers to assemble and file them together. Soennecken called the device "Papierlocher fur Sammelmappen", which means paper hole maker. Soennecken was the son of a blacksmith, and invented the hole puncher, along with a binder and a special nib for ink pens that was suitable for calligraphy.

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Meanwhile, single-hole punchers have been used by train conductors for decades as an easy way to validate tickets. Soennecken is now a well-known German company that specialises in office supplies. However, the first recorded patents for a paper hole puncher was published by an American man named Benjamin Smith in 1885. Newer iterations of the machine are also used for more creative purposes like decorative purposes like making confetti.

The doodle celebrates German engineering and ingenuity, as the basic design for the hole puncher has remained constant for 129 years. On a larger scale, it is also used in the printing industry to punch hundreds of sheets of paper.

The hole puncher employs a lever and spring system to allow the user to line up and punch holes with cylindrical blades through stacked sheets of paper easily.

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