Hole punching machine celebrates 131st anniversary with a Google doodle

Google Doodle commemorates the 131st anniversary of the punching machine

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

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

What is a hole puncher?

There are now dozens of iterations of the hole puncher, including the common two-hole punch, the drill punch and even industrial-sized punches for putting holes in sheets of metal. These are a reference to the small circular bits of paper that are leftover after we punch holes in the sheets of papers. Along with the hole punch, the entrepreneur is also accredited with the invention of the ring binder.

A blue piece of blank paper comes to life and starts to dance after it suddenly has eyes, and a smile, punched in. Soennecken, who was the son of a blacksmith, has several inventions to his credit. Soennecken is now a well-known German company that specialises in office supplies. 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.

The hole puncher has been described as an understated but essential artifact of German engineering, which has remained unchanged over the years, according to the Google Blog Post.

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. The more drawn out the lever, the more sheets of paper can be punched through with the same negligible power. Be that as it may, as tablets and cell phones make the presence of paper itself less and less significant, it stays to be seen what the future may hold for the paper punch.

Apart from helping keep otherwise loose documents together, hole punches have found another important use in punching tickets.

The Google Doodle for the hole puncher is on the website's homepage across Europe, North America, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand and India.

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