Google celebrates the invention of the hole puncher with a new Doodle

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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.

Google is paying homage to a device that has no place in the digital world: the hole puncher.

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. These doodles can be found on Google's website.

The doodle features every letter of "Google" except "L" created out of discarded colourful paper discs eliminated out of hole punch. The second "g" of Google has been replaced by a blue sheet of paper.

German scientist Friedrich Soennecken filed a patent for the hole puncher on November 14, 1886. Soennecken called the device "Papierlocher fur Sammelmappen", which means paper hole maker. Soennecken was the son of a blacksmith who founded his own company, F Soennecken Verlag, in 1875. Along with the hole punch, the entrepreneur is also accredited with the invention of the ring binder. 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. 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.

How does a hole puncher work?

Google describes the hole puncher as an understated but essential artifact of German engineering. A year later the first decorative paper puncher was launched, bringing a new trend in the market.

To celebrate the humble invention, Google, more specifically Gerben Steenks, has come up with an animated Doodle depicting a piece of paper that spring alive and starts to dance when the hole puncher does what it does best.

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