When Was Velcro Invented?


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After years of research and development, Velcro was patented in 1955 by a Swiss engineer named George de Mestral. The initial inspiration came to him in 1948, when he was fascinated with the manner in which cockle burrs attached to his pants, and to the fur of his dog.

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Since the time of the original patent, the Velcro brand grew to the point of selling more than 60 million yards of Velcro each year. Thanks to its versatility, Velcro has been used in different applications by several industries, including the U.S. Army, NASA, toy companies and various shoe and clothing manufacturers.

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