Culture Shock 1913 - PODCAST - The Zipper

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Wednesday, November 07, 2012

CULTURE SHOCK 1913our radio special on the landmark year 1913 starts airing December 6th, with other dates to follow. Our related four-part podcast series begins today with this installment about one of the ingenious inventions of that year.



For more from the speakers in this 1913 Culture Shock podcast..

Robert Friedel is a professor and the author of  "Zipper: An Exploration in Novelty," among other publications.

Valerie Steele is a fashion curator, historian, and director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology.






Inventor Gideon Sundback devoted much of his career as an engineer to improving the zipper. Watch his zipper designs progress throughout the years in the slideshow, below.

1913 Zipper Patent, by Gideon Sundback
1917 Zipper Patent, by Gideon Sundback
1920 Zipper Patent, by Gideon Sundback
1936 Zipper Patent, by Gideon Sundback
1937 Zipper Patent, by Gideon Sundback
1942 Zipper Patent, by Gideon Sundback

Produced by:

Laura Mayer

Comments [2]

joanne Eicher from Honolulu, HI

After my previous email I happened to come across this. Is it an omen? I include zippers in the troublesome chapter. Phyllis

Jan. 03 2014 10:32 AM

And he invented it in Hoboken NJ!

Nov. 13 2012 06:13 PM

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