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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Just zip it!

This Day in History: April 29, 1913 (17?)

Begin with an image - fashion without the zipper...

http://ljblog12.blogspot.com/2012/02/fashion-in-19th-century.html
 Ladies' undergarments either laced or hooked as well.
A woman's attire in the 19th century was composed of 6 layers.

http://risdmuseum.org/art_design/exhibitions/artist_rebel_dandy_men_of_fashion
 Even men's trousers - NO zipper!

Proceed to your closet - How many articles of clothing do you have that contain a zipper? Think about each of those items NOT having the zipper but all of those openings that need to be closed having snaps or hooks & eyes instead. Consider it is Monday morning and time to get ready for work. Need an extra hour? Two? Definitely need more than two hands, especially the ladies!

Embrace the Past...

Thank you, who perfected that miraculous device, the zipper! Of course, it did not come about without trial and error. Just think back to the number of times you have experienced a broken zipper and multiply that many times over until the zip in the zipper was perfected.
http://www.thebespokenfor.net/ronsfashionlife/2010/11/a-history-of-fashion-in-america-1900-to-1925-the-garment-district-or-clothing-as-democracy-the-fashi.html
Clasp Locker or
Unlocker for Shoes
This Day Trivia marks April 29, 1913 as the day of the all-purpose zipper








http://inventors.about.com/library/weekly/aa082497.htm
Illustration: Whitcomb Judson's clasp locker

The term "zipper" was coined as an onomatopoeia by B.F. Goodrich, whose company started marketing galoshes featuring the fastener in 1923. Regrettably, Whitcomb Judson died in 1909, and never heard the term, or saw the success, by which his invention would become ubiquitous.
Source: Inventor of the Week Archive
Next time you put on a pair of jeans, slacks, shorts or cutesy top, 'just zip it!' with a smile! Usually it takes only seconds and you are on your way.

Can you imagine this with hooks & eyes?