While the whole of India is celebrating Children’s Day, which also happens to be Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s birth anniversary, Google seems to celebrating German ingenuity. Today is the 131st anniversary of the ever-reliable and simple, punching machine, made by German entrepreneur and inventor, Friedrich Soennecken. On 14 November 1886, Soennecken had filed a patent for the hole-puncher.
Soennecken, whose father was a blacksmith, had also invented a binder and a nib for ink pens that could be used for calligraphy. Today, this punching machine is the mainstay of stationary found at any office or school. One of the most interesting thing about the hole-puncher is that its mechanism and design has not changed much since its invention 131 years ago. It’s surprising that the hole-puncher that your grandfather used would not be much different from what you use today.
The puncher uses a lever and spring system to allow the user to line up papers and punch holes in them with cylindrical blades. The longer the lever, the more sheets of paper can be punched with hole expending minimal effort.
Soennecken was the perfect businessman who had also invented the paper binder for storing your freshly-punched papers.Here’s celebrating the essentials of a stationary nerd that stood the test of time!