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By Sarah Bellum

Out There

Today, April 29, is National Zipper Day. According to the National Day Calendar.

"National Zipper Day commemorates April 29, 1913, when the patent for the modern zipper was issued. The day celebrates something that we often do not think about and may automatically take for granted.

"The first attempt at creating the zipper came from the inventor of the sewing machine. In 1851, Elias Howe received a patent for the ‘Automatic, Continuous Clothing Closure.'

"However, Howe never marketed his invention and missed the recognition he may have received.

Forty-two years later, Whitcomb Judson began selling the ‘Clasp Locker.'

"Very similar to Elias Howe's patent, this device served as a more complicated hook-and-eye shoe fastener. Judson started the Universal Fastener Company where he manufactured his new device and debuted it at the Chicago World's Fair in 1893.

"There he met with very little success. Because Judson put his invention before the public for sale, he earned credit as its creator."

How does one celebrate National Zipper Day?

Wear something with a zipper, of course. But for some real fun, try to sew a zipper into an article of clothing. It's not easy.