Hole puncher history: Google Doodle celebrates hole puncher on 131st anniversary

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Later hole punch was patented by Benjamin Smith, who named it "Conductor's punch".

There's nothing worse that everyone forgetting your birthday, and thanks to Google's sketch, the hole punch will enjoy its day in the sun - although you can't help but think that anything slightly more noteworthy would have gotten the nod ahead of it. Prince Charles - born exactly 62 years after the hole puncher patent was filed - must be particularly ticked off. The animation was created by Gerben Steenks, a doodle designer at Google. In search of a solution, Chenard contacted one of the largest dye-manufacturing facilities in the U.S. She suggested the puncher that would make small holes in decorative paper be made available to the general public.

"The satisfying, boring "click!" of the blade as it punches through the sheets". It credits the invention of the hole punch to German inventor Friedrich Soennecken.


Tuesday marks the 131st anniversary of the hole puncher, the clever tool allowing users to punch identical holes on a sheet of paper. Soennecken called the device "Papierlocher fur Sammelmappen", which means paper hole maker.

Apart from helping keep otherwise loose documents together, hole punches have found another important use in punching tickets. Besides the hole puncher, he has invented a binder and a special nib for ink pens suitable for calligraphy. Soennecken was the son of a blacksmith who founded his own company, F Soennecken Verlag, in 1875. Newer iterations of the machine are also used for more creative purposes like decorative purposes like making confetti.

Google describes the hole puncher as an understated but essential artifact of German engineering. And despite being created more than a century ago, the design of the hole punch hasn't changed too much, in that it involves a lever capable of punching through a thick stack of paper.

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