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Google Doodle celebrates 131st anniversary of hole puncher Gerben Steenks

The essential hole puncher is a product of German engineering.

  • Published: November 14, 2017 8:48 AM IST
Google Doodle hole puncher

Today marks the anniversary of a very important invention which has made lives so much easier. It may not get enough recognition in life but it’s received a special Google Doodle today. Celebrating the 131st anniversary of the hole puncher, Gerben Steenks has illustrated a Doodle. The Doodle portrays the hole puncher in a GIF image with Google written in well, punched holes. Also Read - Happy Father's Day 2021: Google Doodle wishes dads with cute pop-up greeting card

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The hole puncher’s importance as Google says: “As modern workplaces trek further into the digital frontier, this centuries-old tool remains largely, wonderfully, the same.”

In simple words, a hole puncher is used in offices to create holes in paper mostly to collate and file them together. Other than paper, a hole puncher is used for other materials as well. These include leather, thin plastic sheeting, sheet metal, among others. Speaking about the different types, there’s a single hole puncher which is used to primarily to punch tickets or for making confetti. Similar to it, there’s a ticket punch as well which comes with a longer reach and an optional hole shape of a die.

Hole punchers were also introduced for decorative purposes which was made available for the public by Bernadette Chenard, a paper-craft-artist in 1992. As opposed to the professional use of hole punchers, Chenard decided to make small hole decorative punchers for the public. At that time, decorative punchers were used by companies like Hallmark only. After contacting a large manufacturing company in the US, decorative paper punchers soon appeared on the market. ALSO READ: Studio for Electronic Music s 66th anniversary celebrated with a Google doodle

Another type of hole puncher used in offices is the eyelet punch which is used to punch holes in a stack of paper. Something similar is used in cattle farming for attaching ear tags to animals. The single hole puncher then evolved to multiple hole puncher which came in sizes of two, four, and six. As the name suggests, these would make multiple hole punches at once. ALSO READ: Birth of Hip Hop celebrated with a Google doodle

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  • Published Date: November 14, 2017 8:48 AM IST



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