FYI November 14, 2019

On This Day

1886 – Friedrich Soennecken first developed the hole puncher, a type of office tool capable of punching small holes in paper.
Friedrich Soennecken (September 20, 1848 – July 2, 1919), was an entrepreneur and inventor. He was the founder of Soennecken, a German office supplier.

Soennecken was born in Iserlohn-Dröschede, Sauerland in 1848, the son of a blacksmith. On May 27, 1875 he founded the F. Soennecken Verlag, a commercial enterprise in Remscheid, Westphalia. His main invention is the “round writing” style of calligraphy and the pen nib associated with it.[1] Round writing was designed to be a visually appealing, standardized style of penmanship which was easy to learn and execute, and Soennecken published books on the topic in several languages.[2][3]

In 1888, Friedrich Nietzsche wrote to a friend that he had finally discovered both a quality paper to write on and a quality pen from Germany: Soenneckens Rundschrift Federhalter.[citation needed]

Soennecken also introduced the two-hole punch and the ring binder. In 1876 he and his company relocated to Poppelsdorf, near Bonn, to be closer to the University which later awarded him the honorary title Dr. med. h. c..

Soennecken died in Bonn in 1919.

Ink container with stable stand (invented as an apprentice)
A style of writing with the round tip of the feather of a pen nib (1860)
Round writing, model of our current script
An early type of binder which later became the Soennecken file (1886)
The hole punch
The ring binder, later symbolically part of the logo of Soennecken


Born On This Day

1856 – Madeleine Lemoyne Ellicott, American activist (d. 1945)
Madeleine Lemoyne, Mrs. Charles E. Ellicott (November 14, 1856 – 1945) was an American suffragist. She was the founder of the League of Women Voters of Maryland, serving as its president for 20 years, longer than anyone else.

Born in Chicago, Ellicott studied chemistry at Rush Medical College, and then continued her studies at the Polytechnic in Zurich, Switzerland. In conjunction with the annual National League of Women Voters meeting planned for Baltimore in 1922, she was one of the organizers of the Pan-American Conference of Women.[1]

She married Charles Ellis Ellicott in 1890. They had three sons, Charles Ellis Ellicott, Jr. (born 1892), Valcoulon Lemoyne Ellicott (born 1893), and John Roman Ellicott (born 1896).[2]



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