Dating zippers

14 Apr

Talon Zipper is a company founded in 1893, originally as the Universal Fastener Company, in Chicago.They later moved to Hoboken, New Jersey, and finally to Meadville, Pennsylvania.Prior to becoming an employee in 2011, I had always been a Seattle Goodwill shopper with an eye towards vintage clothing.With the rise in popularity of shows like “Mad Men” and “Vegas” more people than ever are embracing mid-century fashion.The high demand for zippers created favorable conditions for the Talon Company, and so became Meadville's most crucial industry.The company encountered significant difficulties after it was absorbed by Textron industries in 1968, eventually ending up bankrupt.

The Chicago inventor's "Clasp Locker" was a complicated hook-and-eye shoe fastener.

It was in Meadville that the zipper as we know it was invented, until then they were producing hookless fasteners for boots and shoes.

Here, the zipper was mass-produced beginning in the 1920s.

Today, nothing remains of Talon in Meadville except for a few run down buildings.

However, as a result of the need for close tolerances and tool and die makers, a cottage industry of tool and die shops was established which resulted in Meadville being nicknamed Tool City with more tool shops per capita than any place else in the United States.