Facts for Historical Romance Writers – the Zipper


In Caberette  - Dominican.In 1851 Elias Howe, the man who invented the sewing machine, received a patent for the “Automatic Continuous Clothes Closure”.  He however didn’t market that product.

In 1893 Whitcomb Judson started a company ‘Universal Fastener Company’ and began marketing the zipper whose debut was at the Chicago World’s Fair.

So beware of using the zipper in your writings before the 1900’s.  Readers might know and will question little facts like this.

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2 thoughts on “Facts for Historical Romance Writers – the Zipper

  1. It seems like ages since you posted and now there’s two great tips in one day. Thanks Mary. This will certainly come in handy for my Victorian piece.

    • Thanks Maggie. That was kind of an error, I didn’t intend to post two. I am doing a series of History for romance readers because, especially in the west – things weren’t so readily available. I always fear I might put something wrong in my historical too.

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