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Wonderfully weird

July 27th, 2007 · No Comments

Michael Collins OBE and I have something in common, but sadly it’s not the gong he was awarded in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee birthday honours, or that he’s just published his first book. No, it’s how he and I both started to get interested in antiques and collecting: down a hole in a Victorian rubbish […]

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Tags: Book Reviews · Inventions · Patents

Hooked on collecting

July 27th, 2007 · No Comments

When was the zip fastener invented? Apparently, one Elias Howe came up with what he called “an automatic continuous clothing closure” in 1851. He patented the idea but it never came to market, possibly because he was too busy with his other invention: the sewing machine. It was a further 40 years before another American, […]

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Tags: Buttonhooks · Inventions · Patents