Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Google Honors Gideon Sundback: Father of the Zipper (+Video)

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Google Honors Gideon Sundback: Father of the Zipper (+Video)

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Gideon Sundback is certainly the inventor of the modern 'zipper.' Except Sundback didn't invent the name.

Google's Doodle pays homage to Swedish electrical engineer turned "zipper" inventor Gideon Sundback.

Except, Sundback didn't invent the zipper. He invented the "Hookless No. 1" in 1914.

And as radically brilliant and enduring as his design may be, it wasn't until the 1920s, when B.F. Goodrich Company of Akron, Ohio bought a bunch of "Hookless No. 2s" did the "zipper" make it's debut.

Goodrich was making new rubber galoshes under the name the "Mystik Boot" and its marketing department wanted to add a little "zip" to its newfangled fastener. In 1923, Goodrich trademarked the name "Zipper Boot."

Not to be outdone, the manufacturer, the Hookless Fastener Company of Meadville, Penn., adopted the name "Talon" for the fastener it was selling B.F. Goodrich. By 1930 - 16 years after Sundback invented Hookless No. 1 - the company was producing 30 million "Talon" fasteners for B. …

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