Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Zipping up the blogfest with the Letter Z

black zipper: none
Source: lusi
So, back to business.  The Letter Z--

Think about this one:  What invention created originally in 1851  has simplified life immeasurably, made possible other inventions?
I give you the letter Z:  the Zipper

The earliest form of the zipper was designed by Elias Howe, who cared more about his sewing machine success.

Forty-two years later, Whitcomb Judson also tried another version of the device, but had little success.  Didn't make any money.



Gideon Sundback.jpg
Source: Gideon Sundback
Then finally, Gideon Sundback in 1913 had perfected the zipper, called the "Hookless Fastener". 

 He held the patent, and did quite well.  No, change that.  He did extremely well.   


One thing led to another, and the modern zipper has been ever improving and finding new uses.


I know that I appreciate the zipper.  And so do you.




Thus ends the A to Z 2014 Bloghop!!
Huzzah to all!


27 comments:

  1. Easier than a bunch of buttons!
    Congratulations on completing the Challenge!

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  2. I appreciate one on my purse to be sure! :) 'Grats on the A-Z. Good job! :)

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  3. Huzzahs, indeed, to zippers and finishing the challenge!

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  4. zippy zesty zippers...woohooo....and hip hip hurray to the end of A to Z. Funny how we are all excited to get started and then can't wait for it to be over.

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  5. With a down zipper you can tell if one is chipper

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  6. I very much appreciate the zipper - even though I have forgotten it in embarrassing moments!

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  7. Zippers, one of the world's greatest inventions. It is good to keep things in that should be in.

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  8. Congratulations for zipping through the A to Z Challenge and doing well.

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  9. Huzzah to you as well! And major kudos to the zipper guys, so glad I rarely have to fasten a big long row of buttons.

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  10. What would we do without the zipper? Hard to imagine dressing and having to button countless buttons.

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  11. High-five girl. The zipper is a good one. I recall Elias as the sewing machine man. "How do you do, Mr. Howe and how is your sewing machine today?" I'm a little giddy with relief for this last letter. Ha

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  12. i am always impressed with inventors and this one was a great one--congrats on a great finish susan!

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  13. Imagine all those hooks and eyes that had to be fastened before the zipper came along. I'd have to get up an hour earlier to dress in time.

    Great last A to Z post. Congrats on finishing. It's been great visiting your blog.

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  14. Congrats on getting through the challenge. Until next year then.

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  15. I enjoyed all the A to Z's, and this one is way up at the top.

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  16. You are so interesting, you always come up with something unexpected. And what in the world would we do without zippers?!

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  17. Simplify life immeasurably it sure did. Can't imagine daily life without the mighty zipper. :)
    Congrats on completing the challenge, Susan. So happy to having blogged with you for a second year in a row. And ... we did it! Feel so good to be here now.

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  18. And the depicted zipper is stretched under the strain...
    Congratulations on finishing - I have really enjoyed your take on the challenge.

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  19. I'd love to know how the "hookless fastener" got it's zippy name zipper. We'd all have arthritic hands by 30 without it!

    Congrats on completing the A to Z!
    Laurel's Leaves

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  20. Congrats on zipping up the challenge. And thanks for being a regular commenter. I appreciate that almost as much as I appreciate the zipper.

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  21. Zap my Zipper!
    Sometimes it can nipper

    Well done to you
    This be true
    The A to Zed
    Was all in your head....

    Gary :)

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  22. Congrats on finishing. All zipped up

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  23. What an amazing invention was! If only we could figure out how to get them to not get stuck or break...that would really be something!!! Congratulations for completing the challenge! ♥

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  24. One of the best inventions ever! I love zippers. A fitting closure for the A-Z.

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  25. Well done on completing the BlogFest Susan, and thanks as always for your kind support.

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  26. Hi Susan - the history of inventions is interesting isn't it .. zippers are a definite brand ... and so enshrined in our lives .. and as you say we'd have difficult living without them now ..

    Cheers Hilary

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  27. You made it! Well done, Susan.

    Lee
    A Faraway View
    An A to Z Co-host blog

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!