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Elias Howe Patents a Precursor to the Zipper (1851) Options
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Elias Howe Patents a Precursor to the Zipper (1851)

Five years after being granted a patent for the first practical sewing machine, Howe patented his design for a zipper-like garment fastener. However, he never put much effort into marketing this invention, perhaps due to the great success of his sewing machine, and today, credit for the zipper's development is largely given to Whitcomb Judson, who demonstrated his innovative slide-fastener design 42 years later at the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. How did the zipper get its name? More...
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The creator:
- Elias Howe, Jr. was born on July 9, 1819, to Dr. Elias Howe and Polly Howe in Spencer, Massachusetts.
- He spent his childhood and early adult years in Massachusetts where he apprenticed in a textile factory in Lowell beginning in 1835.
- After mill closings due to the Panic of 1837, he moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, to work as a mechanic with carding machinery, apprenticing along with his cousin Nathaniel P. Banks.
- Beginning in 1838, he apprenticed in the shop of Ari Davis, a master mechanic in Cambridge who specialized in the manufacture and repair of chronometers and other precision instruments.
- It was in the employ of Davis that Howe seized upon the idea of the sewing machine.
- He married Elizabeth Jennings Ames, daughter of Simon Ames and Jane B. Ames on 3 Mar 1841 in Cambridge
- They had three children: Jane Robinson Howe, Simon Ames Howe, and Julia Maria Howe.
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