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ISBN13: 9780393313659
ISBN10: 0393313654
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It is almost impossible to imagine modern life without this device; yet for the first thirty years or so, from its patent in the late nineteenth century, it represented no real advantage over traditional fasteners like the hook-and-eye or the old-fashioned button. The zipper was mechanically awkward, liable to rust, liable to fail (i.e., snag or burst open), and so expensive that it doubled the retail price of a skirt or a pair of pants. But from the beginning the zipper had an allure, a mystery, a kind of sex appeal that would be echoed in songs, poems, and popular novels. Robert Friedel has written a fascinating history--full of strange twists, paradoxes, and interesting characters--of this signature gadget of the twentieth century. Inventor Whitcomb Judson (whose efforts lay mostly in patenting a doomed undertaking known as the Pneumatic Streetcar) gave the zipper life; businessman Colonel Lewis Walker had the capital and the faith to back it for forty years; and cultural icons such as Marlon Brando, Erica Jong, and the Rolling Stones helped to turn it into a symbol for sexuality and style. Not just the story of a distinctive technology, is an entertaining, informative examination of how new things become part of our daily lives, shaping how we think and act.

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The story of the zipper is the triumph of an ingenious novelty over the practical world.

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The zipper was invented 100 years ago by Whitcomb Judson, a frustrated man with a penchant for complexity. This book tells the fascinating story of how a useless technological novelty worked its way into daily life and took its place as one of the defining artifacts of the 20th century. Photos.

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Robert Friedel is a professor of the history of technology and science at the University of Maryland, College Park. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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lukas, June 16, 2007 (view all comments by lukas)
Hey you, do you like zippers? Who doesn't? I've got two on right now. Every wonder how the zipper came into being? If you did, this brisk, well-researched, and highly enjoyable book gives you the approximately 100 year history of the zipper, from its troubled early days to how it got its name to its wide spread success. You'll also find out what that 'YKK' that's on so many zippers stands for. Zippy!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780393313659
Author:
Friedel, Robert
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Author:
Friedel, Robert D.
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Inventions
Subject:
Zippers.
Subject:
Fermetures áa glissiáere
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical notes and index.
Series Volume:
1-5
Publication Date:
19960331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.26x5.56x.94 in. .84 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , The story of the zipper is the triumph of an ingenious novelty over the practical world.
"Synopsis" by , The zipper was invented 100 years ago by Whitcomb Judson, a frustrated man with a penchant for complexity. This book tells the fascinating story of how a useless technological novelty worked its way into daily life and took its place as one of the defining artifacts of the 20th century. Photos.
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