April 24, 1880 in Jönköping, Sweden, Gideon Sundback is born, inventor who in 1913 will patent the modern zipper.

On this day (April 24) in 1880 in Jönköping, Sweden, Gideon Sundback was born, an inventor who in 1913 would patent the modern zipper.
He was an intelligent boy who attracted attention since his student days, since he made small inventions to try to improve the reality around him.
Sundback made several advances in the development of the zipper between 1906 and 1914, while working for companies that later evolved into Talon, Inc. built on the earlier work of other engineers such as Elias Howe (inventor, 1819) , Max Wolff (inventor ) and Whitcomb L. Judson (inventor, 1843).
Elias Howe, who invented the sewing machine, received a patent in 1851 for a 'Continuous Automatic Closing of Clothes'.

Later, Whitcomb Judson, who invented a pneumatic streetcar, marketed a "locker lock." The device served as a (more complicated) hook-and-eye shoe closure. With the support of businessman Colonel Lewis Walker, Judson launched Universal Fastener Company to manufacture the new device.

Sundback went to work at the Whitcomb Judson factory (the Universal Fastener Company ) where he improved the existing model to make it more commercially successful. Sundback also created the new zipper manufacturing machine.
Boots and zip-lock tobacco pouches were the two main uses of the zipper during its early years. Twenty more years were needed to convince the fashion industry to seriously promote the novel closure in garments.
As a curiosity to mention that it was not until twenty years later that the fashion industry took over Gideon Sundback's zipper taking advantage of the urgent needs of soldiers during World War II.
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- oh!
- What's wrong?
- I caught my finger!
- again?
- this invention of yours is hell!
- but it is better than the buttons
- wow! buttons are better!
- I think not
- surely you have a band-aid factory too!
- why?
- because this invention only serves to get your fingers caught
- no, man, no. It's just learning how to use it
- oh yeah?
- yes, you'll see, leave me... oh! my finger!...
- see it! see it!
- because you zipped up fast!
- wow! excuses!

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