March 27, 1790~ Modern shoelace with aglet patented

An aglet is the small plastic or fiber tube that binds the end of a shoelace (or similar cord) to prevent fraying and to allow the lace to be passed through an eyelet or another opening. This comes from the Latin word for “needle.” The modern shoestring (string and shoe holes) was first invented in England in 1790 (first recorded date March 27). Before shoestrings, shoes were commonly fastened with buckles.

Shoes, 1888 by Vincent van Gogh

1888 / Oil on canvas / 18”x21 3/4” / The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

Previous March 27 posts:

March 27~ Women’s History Month in visual arts

Edward Steichen: Born March 27, 1879

Carl Barks (March 27, 1901-August 25, 2000)

Artist Birthday Quiz for 3/27~

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