April 29th-Zipper Day!

Or should we say. . .the “Automatic,  Continuous Clothing Closure” Day. That’s what Elias Howe, inventor of the sewing machine, dubbed his zipper-ish invention in a patent in 1851.  Or how about the “Clasp locker,” a similar invention that Whitcolm Judson tried to market for the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair?  Neither was a success. . .

The world had to wait until 1913 for the real “zipper” patented by electrical engineer Gideon Sundback –on yes!–April 29th!  Read all about the Zipper’s intriguing history, including information about our debt to the Goodrich Tire Company for the name we know and love: “The popular ‘zipper’ name came from the B.F. Goodrich company, when they decided to use Gideon’s fastener on a new type of rubber boots or galoshes and renamed the device the zipper, the name that lasted.”   Interested in more zipper facts?  Check out The History of the Zipper.

And to learn more about how zippers work, we recommend. . .

I Wonder Why Zippers Have Teeth and Other Questions About Inventions by Barbara Taylor

Not just about zippers, this information picture book for young readers is packed full of great stories and facts that introduce readers to engineering and research.  Yes, you’ll  learn more about zippers and what a fascinating invention they really are, but also answers to all kinds of questions, like:  How were drinking straws invented?; why don’t nonstick frying pans sticks; and my personal favorite:  Which came first–screws or screw drivers? Read all about it!

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