Tuesday, August 30, 2011
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.