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The zipper is a very common fastener used to secure all kinds of things especially clothing But the zipper wasnt always around Before the zipper was invented buttons were used in fastening clothes and so were hooks and eyes that had to be fastened manually When the zipper first came out it was somewhat of an oddity it wasnt widely accepted But slowly more and more people started noticing its convenient applications and soon it could be seen everywhere The zipper started off as a novelty and because of its convenience it is now a necessityThe first zipper was invented by Whitcomb Judson He devised it to do up boots and got the device patented on August 29 1893 He called it the clasp locker The clasp locker was much bulkier than the zipper we know today It was a series of two rows of hooks and eyes that could be fastened by a slider which was the most important part of Judsons invention Another big difference from todays zipper is that after zipping up the fastener the slider would detach right off the garment Then to open the clasp locker the slider would be re-attached at the top of the locked clasps upside down and then pulled downAbout a year after the patents were issued a close friend of Whitcomb Judson named Harry Earle and a lawyer named Lewis Walker met up with Judson and they formed the Universal Fastening Company They werent very successful One of the main reasons was that the clasp locker didnt work very well The fastener frequently jammed and easily rusted But in April of 1896 some Post Office Department representatives went to the company and inspected the Judson fastener on a mailbag and pronounced it satisfactory Twenty mailbags equipped with the fasteners were ordered That was one of the first orders Universal Fastening Company got and it wasnt repeated Its assumed that the mailbags were discarded due to
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