Edwin Holmes

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Edwin Holmes was born in West Boylston, Massachusetts back in 1820 to Thomas and Sally.   He started in business selling household items and entrepreneur. In 1853, he applied and received a patent for something that had never been thought of before, which of course is the rest of the story.

Initially people were skeptical about using his invention as his business at first did not go over well. In order to improve his business, he packed up and moved to New York in 1859 in search of a bigger market. He targeted businesses instead of homes. By 1866 there were some 1,200 devices installed in businesses. In 1877, he established the first network of the devices monitored by a central location.

Inn 1878, he became the president of the newly established Bell Phone Company. He found out he could use the phone lines for the installation of his device. The American Telephone and Telegraph Company bought his system in 1905 for a $100,000.00 however, he kept his right to the use of the phone lines.

Now you may be asking yourself what was that device? Well I’m so glad you did for you see he is credited for the invention of the first electrical burglar alarm system. In died in 1901. Until tomorrow keep a smile on your face and a penny in your pocket.

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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, James... another interesting historic figure who probably does not get sufficient credit for his contributions.

Jun 28, 2017 04:43 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Edwin was ahead of his time knowing what was needed! Enjoy your day!

Jun 28, 2017 04:57 AM #2
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

well that did replace the first one.

Jun 28, 2017 05:25 AM #3
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

Thanks for sharing this part of history that I did not know

Jun 28, 2017 05:31 AM #4
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray,

Thank you for the information on Edwin Holmes. Another important historic figure that has probably never been properly recognized for his contributions.

Jun 28, 2017 05:52 AM #5
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I had no idea that the burglar alarm goes that far back so thanks for sharing that bit of info.

Jun 28, 2017 06:03 AM #6
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. I didn't know this and enjoyed learning about Edwin.

Jun 28, 2017 07:11 AM #7
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James, 

You always help put a focus on the legacy fo those who have made fabulous contributions but may never get recognized. I would be curious how the alarm was set up!

Jun 28, 2017 07:27 AM #8
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Back when people could be trusted, there likely wasn't a need for such a thing, haha.  In today's world, we are lucky if we can trust family, haha.

Jun 28, 2017 08:02 AM #9
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

That's a great story about Edwin Holmes, James. I had no idea where this was headed. Just think where things have gone since then!!


Jun 28, 2017 08:39 AM #10
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good afternoon James,

An invention that some need and not to my liking.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jun 28, 2017 09:40 AM #11
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- wow, didn't even know that burglar alarms were around that long ago. 

Jun 28, 2017 02:52 PM #12
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting story.

Jun 29, 2017 03:49 AM #13
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