Sunday, March 14, 2010


The zippers used today show very little difference from the Gideon Sundback design of 1917. Gideon Sundback was the first person to invent a relatively cheap, easy to produce zipper.

Gideon Sundback, a Swedish born scientist, patented the first modern prototype zipper named the "Hookless Fastener" on April 29, 1913. This After some design improvements, Sundback renamed it the “Separable Fastener” on March 20, 1917.

One of company's first customers was the US Army. It applied zippers to the clothing and gear of the troops of World War I.

Sundback's first zipper patent - 1913

Talon Hookless No. 2 (1914) located in the Smithsonian

This vintage 1920's Kenilworth Sweatshirt sold on eBay a couple of days ago for $500 by daltonium.  Zippers can drive the price of clothing up by hundreds, as clearly indicated by this auction.  This sweater measures 19 1/2" across the chest and 26" long - I would say it is a size 38.

1920's Baseball Shirt

1928 Advertisement - Hookless Fastener Company was renamed Talon, Inc.

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