Chicago World’s Fair: Invention Exposition
Whitcomb Judson and Gideon Sundback
Inventors of the Zipper
Mr. Whitcomb Judson was an engineer who wanted to create something that could dispose of the hook and eye shoelaces that were often used in the nineteenth century (55). When the zipper first came out, it did not work very well. Fifteen years after Judson's work, Gideon Sundback came to help (56). Sundback was an electrical engineer from Sweden who married the Universal Fastener plant-manager's daughter, Elvira Aronson (57). Their marriage was good until she died in 1911; his grief in her death caused Sundback to spend hours at his drawing board perfecting the zipper - which he did in 1913 (58).