The 'Header' for this years challenge was inspired by a linoleum cut which was a demo for a printmaking class. The watercolor background worked out perfectly to stage a vintage zipper and feature the Tags of four previous years of the AtoZ Challenge. There you have it...a culmination of 5 years of participation with everything from Art to Zippers Collections. In the four previous challenges, writing and story telling was the focus of each post with photographs giving each story a visual that related. This year, has been a reversal of focus with photographs of 'Collections' with a short history for each Letter. The following is a Photo Collage Review.
Pretty predictable, huh? Probably the only surprise in ending with Zippers is the fact that I actually do have a collection of them! Really!!! I know...who does that...on purpose...when putting in a zipper is the one thing most seamstresses avoid like the plague. I mean, most of us would rather get out the button hole attachment and make button holes rather than put in a zipper. Not having to do either one was a big attraction to becoming a quilter. But back to the Zipper Collection!!!
They weren't always called Zippers. Elias Howe, the inventor of the sewing machine, received a patent for what he called an 'Automatic, Continous Clothing Closure' in 1851. When he didn't seriously try and market the CCClosure, he missed the recognition he might otherwise have received. His CCClosure was more a device with an elaborate draw-string rather than a true slide fastener.
Forty-two years later Whitcomb Judson marketed a 'Clasp Locker' which was a complicated hook-and-eye shoe fastener. He is sometimes given credit as the inventor of the zipper, but he never made a practical device. Judson's company did however, hire an electrical engineer, G. Sundback, who designed the modern zipper about 1913. He continued to improve on the slider zipper and created the manufacturing machine for the 'Separable Fastener'.
The term Zipper came from the B.F. Goodrich Company in 1923 when they used Sundback's fastener on a new type of rubber boots or galoshes. For several years only two products utilized the zipper...boots and tobacco pouches. In 1925 zippers made their clothing debut in leather jackets. By 1930 children's clothing featured zippers which promoted self-reliance by making it possible for children to dress themselves. By 1937 zippers as garment fasteners beat out the button in the 'Battle of the Fly' when zippers were used in men's trousers.
Today the zipper is by far the most widespread fastener, and is found on clothing, luggage, leather goods, and various other objects....like....
My Zippered Ditty Bags/Pouches....definitely NOT for Tobacco!