Google Doodle UnZips for Inventor of the Zipper

Google celebrates the birthday of Gideon Sundback, inventor of the zipper, by unzipping its homepage on Tuesday.

If you load the Google homepage today, you'll see a zipper running the center length of the page. You can either click or drag the virtual zipper to interact with it. When you do, the page unzips to reveal search results for zipper inventor Gideon Sundback, born on April 24, 1880 in Sweden.

Sundback moved to the United States in 1905 and began working for the Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and then later for the Universal Fastener Company in Hoboken, New Jersey, according to Wikipedia.

For the next several years, Sundback developed on other engineers' designs of garment fasteners until filing a patent for the "Separable Fastener" in 1917.

B.F. Goodrich coined the term "zipper" in 1923, using the fasteners on a pair of its boots, according to Wikipedia.


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