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Published on November 15th, 2017 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw

Google Celebrate the Hole Punch

Yesterday, you may have noticed the Google Doodle celebrated a rather unusual anniversary. November 14th 2017 marked the 131st anniversary of the hole punch.

The infamous Google Doodle changes each day and celebrates a wide range of historic anniversaries and topical events. From 150 Years of the London Underground to The Brothers Grimm, the eclectic, innovative designs are something to look forward to when you open your browser each morning.

Hole Punch History

At first glance, hole punches would appear to be a rather odd stationery item to champion. However, in over 100 years since they first appeared on an office desk the basic design has not changed significantly.

The original hole punch was invented by the German Friedrich Soennecken. He founded an office supplies company Soennecken in 1875. The lever and spring mechanism of this original hole punch can still be seen in hole punch designs today.

Choosing a Hole Punch

It is fair to say, whilst the design remains similar to Soennecken’s invention, the choice of hole punches has significantly increased. From single hole, to heavy duty machines, hole punches these days can be used for a variety of uses and not just for punching paper.

Single Hole Punches

Single hole punches are ideal for holding together large piles of paper work in conjunction with treasury tags, or for various arts and craft projects. The Rexel Velos Single Hole Punch is great value for money and benefits from adjustable hole spacing suitable for most 6 hole diaries and personal organisers, where ordinary 2 or 4 hole punches are not suitable.

2 Hole Punches

The most popular type of hole punch and available in various models to suit light to heavy use. If you want to add a splash of colour to your desk, check out the Rexel Joy Range which not only includes hole punches but also an array of desktop office accessories.

If you are looking for a more heavy duty 2 hole punch, the Rapesco 835-P Heavy Duty 2-Hole Metal Punch will punch 40 sheets at a time and is under £10 including VAT.

4 Hole Punches

For precision punching for ring binder and lever arch files, look no further than the Rexel 4 Hole Precision Punch. A great choice for students or for general office tasks.

Heavy Duty Punches

High volume offices need a different type of animal when it comes to hole punches. The Rexel HD2300 Heavy Duty Punch is a powerful machine with a 320-sheet capacity. The long handle provides extra leverage for less effort when punching through large amounts of paperwork. An adjustable depth gauge is a useful feature to allow for a variety of margins.

Other Stationery Doodles

Biro Google Doodle

The Hole Punch Google Doodle is not the first time that a humble stationery item has taken centre stage. Last year, ballpoint pens were the star, to mark the birthday of the inventor of the biro pen, Ladislao José Biro. This doodle featured an animated graphic which displayed the pioneering ball point pen nib mechanism.

Penny Black Google Doodle

Even the Penny Black stamp has been featured. On 1st May 2015, the 175th Anniversary of the world’s first postage stamp, the Google Doodle converted into a series of Penny Black stamps. This iconic design also features in a great range of gifts from Penny Post which you can find at the Post Office Shop right now.

Did You Know?

The first Google Doodle was a Burning Man Stick Figure. It was designed as an out of office message on 30th August 1998. Google creators Larry Page and Sergey Brin were enjoying themselves at the Burning Man festival and came up with the stickman image for their home page.

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