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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Z

Some blog entries have been whiny diaries of my woes and weaknesses during this challenge.  My fave entries are when I really explored a concept that tied in to the letter of the day.  But then I liked the 2 fiction entries as well.  Tonight I wanted to make an entry kind of like Savvy's S, where I learned about Sikhism.  So I read up on the history of the zipper.  Here are some key facts:
Elias Howe, the sewing machine guy, created an early zipper.  He called it the automatic continuous clothing closure.  That was in 1851.
In 1917 a Swedish American guy named Sundback patented the separable fastener.  He worked for a fastener company in Hoboken.  Later, someone at B.F. Goodrich came up with the zippy name of Zipper.  They put zippers on galoshes.  Zippers became popular on kid clothing and were said to promote independence for kids.  When they became used in men's pantaloons, they were praised for excluding "The Possibility of Unintentional and Embarrassing Disarray." Before 1937, most guys had button up pants.  


So, this is my report on zippers.  

15 comments:

mm said...

I agree. I loved the two stories you wrote.

StreibProjects said...

The automatic continuous clothing closure. I love it! I'm totally calling it that from now on!!!

Goodwoman said...

My favorite heels have zippers on them.

Anonymous said...

I own 4 pairs of shoes with zippers.

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Anonymous said...

Is it 4 pair or 4 pairs??

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unabashed liberal said...

Your posts were a great combination of reality, fiction and fact. I loved the aggregate.

Anonymous said...

Wow. I learned a lot from this post.

Anonymous said...

Check for an Amazon delivery today.

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LH said...

Oh gosh! I thank you heartily!

Julie said...

I don't know if I agree with the ending quote, though. I think they created even more opportunities for unintentional and embarrassing disarray! Not to mention spawned many euphemisms for "your zipper is down".

Anonymous said...

Did you look on your front porch??

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LH said...

D, What a treat. I hadn't heard anything about this one.
It's perfect for what I want to do this year with los kiddos. THANKS SO MUCH!!!!

Word after Word after Word. By Patricial MacLachlan.

Check it out fellow writers!

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KC said...

This was a great bunch of posts from Leeway! Very inspiring! Good job!

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry to see you've reached Z.

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LH said...

I feel like having 15 comments.