NATIONAL ZIPPER DAY is observed each year on April 29th

This Fasten-ating zipper is taken for granted but holds our lives together.

A little bit of history…
In 1851 Elias Howe, the inventor of the sewing machine, received a patent for an “Automatic, Continuous Clothing Closure. He never marketed his invention so was never recognised for this. Years later Whitcomb Judson began selling the “Clasp Locker similar to Elias Howe’s patent. Judson started the Universal Fastener Company where he manufactured his Clasp Locker. He took this to the Chicago Trade Fair in 1893 but was unsuccessful. In 1906 Gideon Sundback was hired by the Universal Fastener Company who developed and invented the modern day zipper. The patent for this was issued in 1917.