The wire coat hanger was inspired by a coat hook that was invented in 1869 by O. A. North of New Britain, Connecticut. An employee of the Timberlake Wire and Novelty Company, Albert J. Parkhouse of Jackson, Michigan has also been credited with the invention as has Christopher Cann in 1876 as an engineering student at Boston University.
Dr. Angus Wallace and Dr. Tom Wong used a coat hanger, brandy, and a tube to operate on a collapsed lung during an airplane flight from Hong Kong to London and succeeded.
The famous Blue Peter ‘Advent Crown’ was a Christmas mobile made out of four wire coat hangers. Other components included: Fireproof tinsel & ribbon, coloured glass balls, thin wire, plasticine, two tin lids and four candles.
Coathanger (Australian rules football), a dangerous high tackle in Australian Rules Football.
Sydney Harbour Bridge is nicknamed ‘The Coat Hanger’ for its distinctive shape.
Coathanger Antennae is an album by Diesel released in 2006.
An Internet entrepreneur is also known as a ‘Windsor Hanger’.
The world’s most expensive coat hangers are designed by Christopher Jarratt, and The range of high quality birch plywood hangers were launched in 2004 and depict five of the world’s most famous skylines – London, Tokyo, New York, Paris and Milan. Price $460.
In October 2002 a businessman was accused of stealing 40,000 coat hangers from hotels round the world. Read this hilarious exert from his high court trial: Read article here.
The largest coat hanger in the world measures 6m across by 4m high. It was created by MAWA GmbH (Germany) and presented in Frankfurt on 12 February 2011. The hanger weighs approximately 1 ton!