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Happy Birthday To The Zipper!

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On this date in 1913 the Zipper was invented.  It was invented by Whitcomb L Judson of Chicago.

It came about because a friend with a stiff back could not do up his shoes.  Judson designed a slide fastener that could be opened or closed with one hand.  In 1893 he patented a device called the ‘clasp locker,’ which was the forerunner for the modern zipper.  The only problem is that it didn’t work.  So, after some tweaking the ‘Zipper‘ was invented in 1913.

You can say, the Zipper has had it’s ups and downs over the years!  I will be wearing my zipper at half-mast today in it’s honor!

Do you have an embarrassing ‘zipper’ moment?  I’d love to hear about it so I can laugh ‘with’ you not ‘at’ you!

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