GOODS & SERVICES: New Ideas, Sep. 8, 1958


Walking through a patch of woods one day in 1948, a Swiss named Georges de Mestral wondered what made burrs stick to his clothes, took some home to find out why. De Mestral not only found out the burrs' secret; he duplicated it with a nylon fastener that seems fair to make major changes in the U.S. garment industry.

The nonmetallic, zipperlike fastener is called Velcro, consists of two strips of fabric, one with thousands of tiny nylon hooks, the other with thousands of equally tiny nylon loops. When the strips are pressed together, hooks catch loops and hold...

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