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Paper Punch - History of the Paper Punch
Charles Brooks - paper punch
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By Mary Bellis
The origins of the humble paper punch has yet to be determined, however we have found two early patents for the paper punch a device that is designed to "punch holes in paper."

paper punch - Ben SmithIn 1885, Benjamin Smith of Massachusetts invented an improved hole punch with spring-loaded receptacle to collect the clippings U.S. patent number 313027). Benjamin Smith called it the conductor's punch.

In 1893, Charles Brooks patented a paper punch called a ticket punch. It had a built-in receptacle on one of the jars  to collect the round pieces of waste paper and prevent littering. View the full patent issued to Charles Brooks for his ticket punch.

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