Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Tuesday, April 24

The Goddess was happy today. First thing, while sitting down to breakfast, I saw a woman in her 40's crossing the street with classic black leather knee high zip up 2.5" heel boots. They are the kind of boots I dream about. I knew it would be a good day.
The rest of the day featured only a few pairs of boots. At lunch I passed a pretty young woman wearing  pant suit and wearing boots under her slacks. She looked very professional. I complimented her on her boots and she returned another hearty Thank you. Clearly she likes her boots too! After work, I passed a woman sitting sitting and having a cigarette while wearing knee high zip up black leather chunk heel boots. Without her boots, she would not have been very attractive. But she was wearing good boots and that always helps. As I was waiting for my bus, an Eastern European woman passed by me wearing knee high tan 1" heel boots. She was wearing a short skirt and her coat game just to her hem line. Even though, her boots were only 1" she looked very good in them.
The nightlight of the day was a text conversation I had with a friend. She texted me and showed me the zipper on google. Turns out she was wearing some of the best boots of all-time. She's had them for about five years. They are triple-tone brown with a 3" heel. Unbelievable! To her boots are an everyday item.. to Us they are life changing events.
BootBoy must now sleep, but the Nation is always awake...

Special Post: Boot History

Thanks to Google for bringing the Zipper to the world's attention with the Doodle for Google promotion showing the zipper.

Gideon Sundbäck (April 24, 1880 – June 21, 1954) was a Swedish-American electrical engineer. Gideon Sundbäck is most commonly associated with his work in the development of the zipper.[1]




Otto Fredrik Gideon Sundbäck was born on Sonarp farm in Ödestugu Parish, in Jönköping County, Småland, Sweden. He was the son of Jonas Otto Magnusson Sundbäck, a prosperous farmer, and his wife Kristina Karolina Klasdotter. After his studies in Sweden, Sundbäck moved to Germany, where he studied at the polytechnic school in Bingen am Rhein. In 1903, Sundbäck took his engineer exam. In 1905, he emigrated to the United States.[2][3]


In 1905, Gideon Sundbäck started to work at Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1906, Sundbäck was hired to work for the Universal Fastener Company of Hoboken, New Jersey. Subsequently in 1909,[4] Sundbäck was promoted to the position of head designer at Universal Fastener.
Sundbäck made several advances in the development of the zipper between 1906 and 1914, while working for companies that later evolved into Talon, Inc. He built upon the previous work of other engineers such as Elias Howe, Max Wolff, and Whitcomb Judson.
He was responsible for improving the "Judson C-curity Fastener". At that time the company's product was still based on hooks and eyes. Sundbäck developed an improved version of the C-curity, called the "Plako", but it too had a strong tendency to pull apart, and was not any more successful than the previous versions. Sundbäck finally solved the pulling-apart problem in 1913, with his invention of the first version not based on the hook-and-eye principle, the "Hookless Fastener No. 1". He increased the number of fastening elements from four per inch to ten or eleven. His invention had two facing rows of teeth that pulled into a single piece by the slider, and increased the opening for the teeth guided by the slider.[5]

Drawing of the 1914 patent filing
In 1914, Sundbäck developed a version based on interlocking teeth, the "Hookless No. 2", which was the modern metal zipper in all its essentials. In this fastener each tooth is punched to have a dimple on its bottom and a nib or conical projection on its top. The nib atop one tooth engages in the matching dimple in the bottom of the tooth that follows it on the other side as the two strips of teeth are brought together through the two Y channels of the slider. The teeth are crimped tightly to a strong fabric cord that is the selvage edge of the cloth tape that attaches the zipper to the garment, with the teeth on one side offset by half a tooth's height from those on the other side's tape. They are held so tightly to the cord and tape that once meshed there is not enough play to let them pull apart. A tooth cannot rise up off the nib below it enough to break free, and its nib on top cannot drop out of the dimple in the tooth above it. U.S. Patent 1,219,881 for the "Separable Fastener" was issued in 1917.[6]
The name zipper was created in 1923 by B.F. Goodrich, who used the device on their new boots. Initially, boots and tobacco pouches were the primary use for zippers; it took another twenty years before they caught on in the fashion industry. About the time of World War II the zipper achieved wide acceptance for the flies of trousers and the plackets of skirts and dresses.[7]
Sundbäck also created the manufacturing machine for the new zipper. Lightning Fastener Company, one early manufacturer of the zipper, was based in St. Catharines, Ontario. Although Sundbäck frequently visited the Canadian factory as president of the company, he resided in Meadville, Pennsylvania and remained an American citizen. Sundbäck was awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences in 1951. Sundbäck died of a heart condition in 1954 and was interred at Greendale cemetery in Meadville, Pennsylvania.


In 1909, Sundbäck married Elvira Aronson, daughter of the Swedish born plant manager Peter Aronsson.


In 2006, Gideon Sundbäck was honored by inclusion in the National Inventors Hall of Fame for his work on the development of the zipper.[7][8] On April 24, 2012, the 132nd anniversary of Sundbäck's birth, Google changed the Google logo on its homepage to a Google Doodle of the zipper, which when opened revealed the results of a search for Gideon Sundback.[9]

1917 patent