Friday, February 10, 2012

zip it good.

I literally use a zipper every day, from jackets to jeans, to skirts and dresses, almost every single day I’m having to deal with one. It’s a genius idea when you think about it. Imagine how pissed you would be if your hoodie had 9274923497 buttons to button every single day. I mean im not that lazy, I love buttons, but not always. Zippers are fascinating if you’ve ever had one break and you try and fit it, you realize how simple and yet how very awesome it is. So who came up with it?
The first original zipper patent belonged to the dude who invented the sewing machine, Elias Howe. However, once he got well known for the sewing machine he kinda let his patent for Automatic, Continuous Clothing Closure just fizzle out. This was in 1851. Four years later Whitcomb Judson, the guy that also invented the pneumatic railway system, invented the clasp locker which was very similar to Howes patent. He then launched the universal fastener company which started to produce these clasps. However it was his son in law Gideon Sundback, who would come up with something very similar to what we know as a zipper today.
The term zipper actually came from the B.F. Goodrich company which used the fastener of some rain boots and referred to it as “the zipper”.
So there you have it. Over achieving inventor dudes and clever advertizing companies all came together for the zipper!
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