Zipper: An Exploration in Novelty (Reprint)

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288 pages. Book appears to have hardly been read and is in Fine condition throughout. It Can Be Argued That Zippers Are The First Machines That Any Of Us Learn To Master In Our Childhood.

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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.

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The zip-fastener was invented by Whitcomb Judson, a frustrated man with a penchant for complexity. It didn't work and wasn't wanted. This book tells the story of how a useless technological novelty worked its way into daily life and became one of the defining artefacts of the 20th century.

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