In India, November 14 is synonymous with Children’s Day. Internationally, the day is celebrated as World Diabetes Day. But there is another reason for November 14 to be a special day, and Google is drawing our attention to it with a special doodle. Today (November 14) is the 131st Anniversary of the Hole Puncher, the humble stationery product that is a part of most homes and offices.
Created by Gerben Steenks, the doodle pays tribute to entrepreneur and inventor Friedrich Soennecken, who filed a patent for the hole puncher on November 14, 1886. Soennecken, who was the son of a blacksmith, has several inventions to his credit. Besides the hole puncher, he has invented a binder and a special nib for ink pens suitable for calligraphy. Soennecken is now a well-known German company that specialises in office supplies.
The doodle appears on the search engine’s homepage and shows the Google logo made out of small colourful circles, which Google describes as the ‘colorful confetti byproduct’ on its website. These are a reference to the small circular bits of paper that are leftover after we punch holes in the sheets of papers. The second ‘g’ of Google has been replaced by a blue sheet of paper.
Google describes the hole puncher as an understated but essential artifact of German engineering. The speciality of this invention is that its basic design has not changed in over 129 years. That apart, despite moving towards an increasingly digital era, the hole puncher remains as relevant today as it was when it was invented 131 years ago. The hole puncher doodle reaches countries across Europe, North America, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand and India.
While Google has dedicated its doodle to the 131st Anniversary of the hole puncher in 2017, it has been hosting a competition for children in India to celebrate Children’s Day over the past few years. The competition, called Google 4 Doodle, has been held every year since 2010 and showcases interpretations of the Google logo created by children in India. These doodles can be found on Google’s website.