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National Zipper Day – April 29

April 29 is celebrated as National Zipper Day. If you love to learn about trivia, this post has lots of fun facts and history on the zipper that is used in so many items today.

April is a month full of national days devoted to all sorts of interesting items.  We have celebrated birds, ferrets, and scrabble as well as many national food holidays. Now, it’s the zipper’s turn!

National days of the year are a fun way to celebrate odd and unusual foods, animals and items that you come into contact with.  Be sure to check out my national day’s guide for more fun days to celebrate.

zipper in blue jeans

Many national days are designated to food activities but that is by no means the only reason for a national day. National Zipper Day is just one national days that focuses on clothing and fashion. 

See also National Bikini Day and National Earmuff Day for others.

What is the history of the zipper?Zipper slider

In 1851, Elias Howe who invented the sewing machine developed an item he called an automatic continuous clothing closure. The product was a series of clasps joined with a connecting cord that ran on ribs.  The product was never marketed. 

Years later, in August of 1893, Whitcomb L. Judson from Chicago, received a patent for his “clasp locker and unlocker of shoes” which is seen by many as the first modern zipper.

His zipper was not a commercial success until a Swedish engineer named Gideon Sundback redesigned it with the teeth closer together in 1913.  The patent for the “Separable Fastener” was issued in 1917.

B.F. Goodrich called the product a “zipper” when they used it in manufacture of work galoshes. They had a copyright on the name for a while.

Fun facts about zippers

Brush up on your knowledge of zippers with these fun facts. Some may surprise you!Zippers were first used in fashion items in the early 1930s

  • The two most often used ways to use zippers in the early days were for closing tobacco pouches and boots.
  • The first zipper product was shown at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, but it didn’t have much success with the public.
  • The YKK zipper company makes 46% of the zippers used today.
  • Each year, enough zippers are made to wrap the world 50 times!
  • Counterfeit zippers are big business.
  • In 2002, approximately 492 people in the UK needed hospital treatment for zipper-related injuries. (ouch!)
  • In 1937, several French designers started using zippers in fashion and the idea really took off.
  • The US Navy purchased 10,000 zipper units for use in World War 1.
  • Today, zippers are used on everything from jeans to jewelry and purses.

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How to celebrate National Zipper Day

Would you like to celebrate National Zipper Day in a special way? Try one of these ideas.April 29 is National Zipper Day. The zipper has been with us for over 100 years. Click through for some history on this often used invention.

  • Spread the word on social media using the hashtag #nationalzipperday.
  • Go crazy with colors by sewing a colorful zipper into one of your designs.
  • If you are a crafty type, check out these zipper craft ideas.
  • Dress up a fun outfit with a zipper choker necklace.
  • Turn zippers into jewelry with these zipper jewelry tutorials.
  • Introduce your little one to the idea of zippers with the book Zip It.
  • Engage your baby in play with a busy board featuring the zipper.

More national days in April

There are close to 2000 national days in the year and over 150 of them are celebrated in April. Be sure to check out this post to discover more about the national days in April.

Be sure to also check out these unusual national days this month:

If you enjoy doing puzzles, be sure to check out the April word search printable of national days this month.

Pin this post for National Zipper Day for later

Would you like a reminder of this post for National Zipper Day? Just pin this image to one of your boards on Pinterest so that you can easily find it later.

Plus, watch our YouTube video to learn about more April national days.

Get some fun facts and history about zippers.

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