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Zipper : an exploration in novelty

Author: Robert D Friedel
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The story of the zipper is the triumph of an ingenious novelty over the practical world. 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert D Friedel
ISBN: 0393035999 9780393035995 0393313654 9780393313659
OCLC Number: 28507009
Description: xiv, 288 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction : Why zippers? --
"Witty inventions and thinking men" --
Hustle and bustle --
Hookless --
Novelty in a new world --
Zip --
"Growin' like the deuce" --
Bye-bye buttons --
"Alligators of ecstasy" --
The end of novelty.
Responsibility: Robert Friedel.

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"How the ingenious zipper, a newfangled, unwanted novelty, became a ubiquitous part of daily life is the story told in this engaging chronicle peopled by a colorful cast of characters." -- Publishers Read more...

 
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