On Children's Day, Google Doodle celebrates hole puncher

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Patented by Friedrich Soennecken on November 14 1886, the hole puncher has gone down in history as one of the all time great feats of German ingenuity.

The doodle also celebrates the small round pieces of paper that are a byproduct of the punching process, with the Google logo formed from these waste pieces.

Google describes the hole puncher as an understated but essential artifact of German engineering.

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To celebrate the 131st anniversary of that filing, Google has created an animated doodle that demonstrates the joy often associated with a successful punch. The Google Doodle displays the logo consisting of colourful paper circles, expect the second letter "g", which is replaced with a blue sheet of paper. Soennecken called the device "Papierlocher fur Sammelmappen", which means paper hole maker.

How does a hole puncher work?

Google had been holding the Google 4 Doodle competition every year since 2010, till the hole punch doodle this year.

The German went on to establish the Soennecken office supply company and was later awarded an honorary title from the University of Bonn. A hole puncher is a common office tool that creates holes in sheets of paper so that the sheets can easily be collected in a binder or folder.

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Another type of hole puncher is the single hole puncher, which is primarily used to punch tickets.

The design of the hole puncher has not changed much in the 131 years since its invention.

In the US, the first patent for a hole puncher was given to Benjamin Smith from MA.

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A simple lever-spring system allowed users to punch holes in a stack of paper, which could then be filed neatly in a ring binder - another of Soennecken's inventions. A year later the first decorative paper puncher was launched, bringing a new trend in the market. The hole puncher doodle reaches countries across Europe, North America, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand and India.

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