Sunday, May 3, 2020

Just holding things together

varieties of zippers
Think about this one:  What invention created originally in 1851  has simplified life immeasurably, made possible other inventions? Oh sure, some will mention the microwave or inflatable tires, but this one affected every day life around the globe. It is 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.

So hoist a pint to Gideon Sundback! He zipped up more than clothing.


Why did this word get chosen? In the A to Z bloghop 2014, I fervently picked this word. Having reached "Z" , zipper made it easy, I had had a pair of boots with a zipper closing. When the zipper came off the teeth, I used Gorilla Glue to get it back on track. And the zipper still does its job, even in year 2020.

30 comments:

  1. I just looked around the room I am in for things with zippers. It goes far beyond clothes. I even unzipped my sunglasses case when before I went for a walk in the sun.

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    1. I just did the same after reading your comment. Lots of stuff with zippers!

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  2. Just holding it together is a fairly accurate description of my life. And how I would applaud anyone who developed/patented a life zipper.

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    1. He could never know what his invention would do.

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  3. I would be more enthusiastic if the elastic waistband hadn't been invented:))

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  4. I wish we had a zipper to hold the world's courage together.

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  5. It would be nice to invent something that changed society in such a small but important way, especially if it made quite a bit of coin.

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  6. Zipper de DooDah, he sure done good!

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  7. My mother used to use thread on a broken zipper. Glue would have been much easier.

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  8. Hi Susan - the zipper was a brilliant invention wasn't it ... and use on so many things. Messymimi - I think lots of new things will come out of this pandemic ... people are very creative. But I'd love a zipper to hold our world with gentleness and care for others. Take care - Hilary

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    1. I agree. Inventions will arise from this pandemic.

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  9. I love zippers, so much easier than buttons when your fingers are freezing cold, but a jammed zipper! oh boy. That's a different story when you can't get out of your jacket and the cold sweats kick in.

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    1. We have wrestled with stuck zippers many times.

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  10. A very interesting and informative post. I cannot imagine a world without zippers. I wonder what alternate inventions might have occurred if we did not hand zippers.

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    1. What could have happened if other unique inventions had not existed?

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  11. The zipper has always fascinated me. I was so proud of me when I was able to 'repair' a zipper. Such an amazing device.
    Good one and tghanks for the education.
    Sherry & jack

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    1. Once examined an old shoe used by a gr-grandmother. All those hooks!

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  12. It's the little, simple things that make the greatest impact.

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    1. Glad you enjoy the impact zippers have on society.

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    2. It is always a good idea to fasten stuff together.

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  14. everything that hold together is fascinating to me
    bridges or zips all are so amazing :)
    blessings!

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    1. Zippers do a grand job holding things together.

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  15. Zips are good things …

    All the best Jan

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