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National Zipper Day

Zipper Day

About National Zipper Day

When is National Zipper Day? This holiday is always celebrated on April 29

Zip it or unzip it, for today is National Zipper Day, an April 29 holiday. Zippety Doo Dah, ain’t that great!

Did you ever stop to think about where we’d be without the zipper? We’d be wasting countless minutes every day, using buttons, hooks, clasps, and string ties to open and close our clothing, luggage, and a variety of other items. With the advent of the zipper, one quick zip and your clothes are quickly and comfortably opened or closed.

Thankfully, the zipper was invented in 1851 by Elias Howe. On April 29, 1851, Howe applied for a patent for the “Continuous Clothing Closure”.  Strangely, Howe never marketed it. In 1893, Whitcomb Judson started the Universal Fastener Company and began selling the “Clasp Locker”. It debuted at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair and initially received only moderate success. In 1913, Gideon Sundback, a Swedish electrical engineer and scientist invented and marketed the modern zipper, only it had not yet begun to be called the zipper. It wasn’t until 1923 that B.F. Goodrich coined the term “zipper”.

 To this day, metal zippers are by far the most popular fastener. The strength and durability of the metal zipper far surpasses that of plastic zippers. That’s not to say plastic zippers are a little used. For example, plastic zip-lock food bags are extremely popular.

 Velcro versus the Zipper   Velcro, the “hook and loop” fastener, was invented in the 1940s. It is very popular for a wide variety of uses. Some thought that velcro would make the zipper obsolete. This wasn’t to be. Zippers are stronger and more durable. While velcro is a great fastener, it is noisy and can get clogged with dirt, dust, and hair. Hence the military is not overly fond of it in combat situations.

How to Celebrate in National Zipper Day

Here are a few ideas on how to celebrate this holiday:

  • Explore the different types of zippers.
  • Buy something with a zipper.
  • If you are a seamstress, make an article of clothing with a zipper.
  • Read more about the inventor.

Today's Quote

“God lends a helping hand to a man who tries hard.” – – Aeschylus

History and Origin of National Zipper Day

Now that you’ve learned a lot about the zipper, you probably would like to know the origin of this special day. We know that the date of April 29th was chosen, as this was the date Elias Howe applied for a patent for the zipper. Unfortunately, we have yet to discover who created this special day, and when it was first celebrated.

This is referred to as a “National” day. However, we did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day.

Definition of “National” Days – and why it is important to distinguish true National days.

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