Happy Birthday Zipper!

29 Apr

On this day in 1913, the zipper was patented.

Zippers are pretty awesome.  If we didn’t have zippers, we would live in a world of perpetually-down flys, loud Velcro noises and snaps.  Not cool.  Zippers may not be perfect–snagging fabric and nearly impossible to zip with gloves on–but they’re as close as we get.

Something I’ve always wondered is why all zippers say YKK on them.  According to TLC Home, YKK is a company based on Japan that was founded in 1934.  However, the USA is home to the largest zipper factory in the world in Macon, Georgia.  This factory produces 7 million zippers a day in 1500 styles and 427 colors.

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