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Whitcomb L. Judson
Transcript of Whitcomb L. Judson
BY: KAYLIE PULLIN Whitcomb L. Judson: Zipper
10/29/12 I dedicate this biography to Annie Judson, Whitcomb's wife. I dedicate this to her because she is the closest family member to him. Most of the fastening devices used in clothing today, like the shoelace, the button, and the safety pin, have existed for thousands of years, But the zipper was the brainchild of one American inventor, namely Whitcomb Judson of Chicago.
His childhood was hard for him at first, then he started to get the hang of it and he started to get good grades in school. For example, when he was little, his parents made him do things that he never thought that he could do, but he succeeded in life, and he was able to do those things.
For a living, Whitcomb spent most of his time making a zipper. When he earned his degree in college, he moved back in with his parents, and started inventing. The zipper didn't come out until 1905. After a slow birth and years of rejection, the zipper found its way into everything from plastic pencil cases to sophisticated space suits and countless "fly" jokes. The zippers used today are little different then the design of 1917.
Judson was born around 1839 in Chicago, Illinois. According to the 1860 census, he lived in Illinois, and served in the Union army. He enlisted in 1861. Judson attended Knox College in his hometown Galesburg, Illinois. He was found in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1886. In 1886 and 1887 the Minneapolis city directory identifies Judson as a "traveling agent" — a traveling salesman working probably for Pitts Agricultural Works. A couple of years later Judson began working for Earle Manufacturing Company with Harry L. Earle as the head of the firm. Judson sold band cutters and grain scales for them along with other items as one of their salesmen.
Most of the fastening devices used in clothing today, like the shoelace, the button, and the safety pin, have existed for thousands of years, But the zipper was the brainchild of one American inventor, namely Whitcomb Judson of Chicago. The zipper was made in 1905 Whitcomb at the age of 42 1839 1909 Born in Chicago Illinois 1860 1861 1886 1887 1888 1889 1891 1905 lived in Illinois and served in the Union Army Enlisted in Onedia, Illinois Died in Chicago Illinois Thought of the Zipper Got married to Annie Martin Had a son Named Arthur Had his first Business Had 2 more children The Zipper came out