Z is for Zippers

| April 28, 2014

The concept of the zipper was introduced by Whitcomb L. Judson, and debuted in 1893 at Chicago’s World Fair. The first working zipper was designed by Gideon Sundback; Sundback married the company manager’s daughter and then later, after her death, was inspired to actively work on the original design for the zipper. (If no one has made a TV movie about the fascinating and romantic history of the zipper, then I am volunteering now)
The zipper was initially called the “hookless fastener”

The ‘technology’ of the zipper is based off interlocking teeth (now would be a good time to find a zipper on a jacket or purse and sit in awe over how amazing zippers are)

Although zippers cost very little, the worth of an item is often determined by the zipper operating properly (Has anyone ever had a zipper repaired? I’m honestly curious. Perhaps at one time their was a zipper wizard who everyone took their broken zippers to)

One of the first advertisements for zippers promoted their use as a way to instill independence in children (as a former Kindergarten teacher, I would actually like to thank the woman or man who invented Velcro, the ultimate shoe fastener)

Today the zipper is by far the most widespread fastener (take that snaps, buttons and hooks!)

This post non-shamelessly cites Wikipedia’s page on the zipper.

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