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100 Innovations - Tekniska museet

An exhibition at the National Museum of Science and Technology in Stockholm, 2012 – 2018

the zip fastener

The zip fastener

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the zip fastener

French advertisement for ”Le Ferme-Toout” zipper, designed by Swedish-American inventor P.A. Aronsson. Photo: Archives of the National Museum of Science and Technology.

the zip fastener

A coloured zipper, detail of a Gusum Bruk’s promotional leaflet. This Swedish company started manufacturing zippers in 1931. Photo: Anna Gerdén.

Kort fakta om innovationen

Kort fakta (2) om innovationen

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 "Rejoice husbands, the hour of liberation appears to have opened up for you. A Swedish-American, P. A. Aronsson has come upon the excellent idea of inventing a quick fastener, which ladies can use to dress themselves, that is, fasten their clothes at the back."
This was what was stated in the first Swedish advert for zips from 1912. By using the zip fastener you are free from a countless number of buttons — all you need to do is to pull the zip back and your clothes are in place.

The zip fastener opened and closed by means of a zip slider — the part you pull on — being pulled between two rows of hooks which hook in or out from each other when the zip slider passes. The zip fastener can be used for clothes, shoes, bags or anything that has soft edges.

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