Google punches up doodle tribute to the office hole puncher

Mindy Sparks
November 14, 2017

Google describes the hole puncher as an understated but essential artifact of German engineering. He patented the product on November 14, 1886, German daily Deutsche Welle said.

From being a stress relief tool to acting as a paperweight, the hole puncher remains a part of the work place even as offices are moving towards a paperless workplace.

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.

Google has replaced its logo with an animation commemorating the 131st anniversary of the punching machine, also known as the hole punch or hole puncher. The son of a blacksmith, Soennecken also invented binder and a special nib for ink pens that was suitable for calligraphy.

Although we have made a big leap into the digital age, this machine is still widely used in modern workplaces today and it will continue to be relevant till paper exists in the market. The satisfying, tiresome "click!" of the blade as it punches through the sheets. The hole puncher doodle reaches countries across Europe, North America, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand and India. The competition, called Google 4 Doodle, has been held every year since 2010 and showcases interpretations of the Google logo created by children in India. These doodles can be found on Google's website.

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