We encounter them everyday. They are on our jeans, dresses, bags, throw pillow covers, even on the tents we used for weekend camping! Who should we thank for this ubiquitous and very useful invention?
Whitcomb L. Judson, who was a U.S.-born inventor, started a series of experiments. He came up with the clasp-locker, a product that was very much like the modern-day zipper. He was granted a patent for that on November 7, 1891. Years after that, Gideon Sundback had invented the ‘Hookless Fastener No. 2,’ which was a version with the very same concept as the zipper of today.