NATIONAL ZIPPER DAY – We really only notice zippers when we either get something caught in them or they don’t zip or unzip.
This wildly popular clothing closure was named the zipper in 1923 by B.F. Goodrich but it’s history began much earlier. The inventor of the sewing machine, Elias Howe, invented a rudimentary version called the “Automatic, Continuous Clothing Closure” in 1851. He never marketed this item so the design went nowhere.
In 1893, Whitcomb Judson marketed his footwear version of the clasp at the Chicago World’s Fair but there were only …. well, crickets. However, Judson’s company, the Universal Fastener Company plugged along. One of their electrical engineers changed the fastener’s course. A patent was filed in 1913 for Giden Sundback’s changes to the zipper design.
Further modifications in 1917 led to military use of the fastener thereby increasing the popularity of these little strips of wedges.
BF Goodrich released rubber boots with zipper closures and the rest is history. Appreciate your zippers today. Wear clothes with zippers. Wear shoes with zippers. Put your lunch in zipper pouches. The possibilities are endless.