Those were the days. You forget how much time you spent on doing something like that. You forget how wonderful this seemingly simple invention was. All of it came about because a man was walking in the woods near Geneva, Switzerland, found his clothing entangled in a patch of burrs, and then did some work to see why the burrs stuck.
Here we are talking about a francophone, Georges de Mestral, whose discovery goes back to 1941. Years of work on the subject took place and then in 1948 he invented Velcro. Interesting because the word velcro is a combination of the two French words ‘velours’ or velvet and ‘crochet’ or hook. What a simple yet brilliant discovery.
If only it had become common for shoes in the eighties!
This man had his first patent by the age of twelve for a toy airplane and later became an engineer. Think of the legacy of this man and the impact he has had on the world. One of his other inventions was a very popular asparagus peeler.
What sparked my thinking of Velcro was the umbrella that I was putting back together after drying in the back of my car. I picked it up and realized that like so many other umbrellas, Velcro was used in the fastening. I remembered immediately the button fastener that I used when I was younger on umbrellas and how often, somehow the fabric stretched so that it was unusable. The Velcro fastening usually has a strip long enough so that the stretching is never an issue.
You see something like that and you wonder. What will I be remembered by? I can only imagine.