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Google Doodle Honours Zip Inventor, Gideon Sundback

Google has Doodle fever yet again, celebrating the 132nd birthday of Swedish-American electrician engineer Gideon Sundback and his invention of the zip.

Visitors flocking to the Google search page will find themselves greeted with a zip within the centre of the screen, which unzips to display links to details about Sundback - and more significantly, information about the zip, initially designed for women's boots.

It was back in 1913 that Sundback invented the "Hookless No. 1," which was made by putting together facing teeth on a piece of tape and attached using a slider. Whilst a clever concept, he still had not refined the invention, and it was only a year later that Sundback thought to use interlocking teeth - giving birth to the modern-day zipper.

In 1917, Sundback received U.S. Patent no. 1,219,881 for "Hookless No. 2." Whilst commonly used during the first World War for boots and money belts, it was only in the 1930s that the zipper really took off.

However, despite coming up with the product, he didn't come up with the name - which was thought up by B.F. Goodrich, after coming up with the term "zipper" in 1923.

Sadly, Sundbäck died of a heart condition in 1954, but his inventive idea will live on everytime we zip ourselves up (or when people ask us to politely 'zip it').

Source: National Post (opens in new tab)

Mariel Norton is a self-confessed girly geek with a penchant for technology, and previously wrote for ITProPortal, with experience on TheNextWeb, UKFast, WorldRemit, Virgin Media, Google, and more.