To all the netizens out there, I am sure this morning all of you have noticed a strikingly different thing while starting off with your daily Google search activities. Yes, today’s Google doodle speaks of commemorating the 130th birth anniversary of the Punching Machine and of course its contribution to mankind from then till date.
So, let’s have a flashback!
A century after its innovation, the paper hole punch has acquired for itself an important position, becoming a staple of offices and schools worldwide, offering itself as a simple organizational tool to keep the stray documents at a check.
Even 131 years back, the tool was still, an essential part of everyday life and even if these days the importance is questioned because of the undeniable and growing dominance of the digital world in the modern society.
It was way back in 1885 when the first recorded patents for a paper hole puncher got published. A man named Benjamin Smith was behind the invention of the spring-loaded hole puncher that also had a receptacle to collect those little clips- Smith termed as the ‘conductor’s punch’. Later, Charles Brooks patented the paper punch in 1893 and that came to being referred as a ticket punch.
As a matter of fact, it was definitely not a matter of coincidence that the American patents were referred to as “conductor’s punch” and “ticket punch”. Between 1850 and 1900, rails had become increasingly popular as a means for passenger and commercial travel and thus re-imagining the possibilities of the future of the world.
However, Google gives the honors of having invented the paper punch to the Germans. Friedrich Soennecken made his patent for a paper punch device in November 1886.
So, today’s era is definitely thankful to the inventors and kudos to the invention itself for securing its intact position since time immemorial, even if being impeded by the digital and technological improvements.
Lastly, Google has remembered this disputed anniversary, with the thought of a doodle, alongside a bizarrely romantic (by some standards) description of the mundane motions office workers methodically repeat whilst hoping to avoid paper cuts.