Arthur Atwater

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Arthur Atwater was born in Burlington, Vermont back in 1873.  In 1881, the family moved to Worchester, Massachusetts.  His father was a doctor and a machinist.  He was educated at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

He excelled in mechanics and drawing but not so much in chemistry, algebra and language.  In 1921 he was already a successful businessman. In 1924 his company invested 2,000,000.00 in a plant at North Philadelphia covering 32 acres.  In 1929, at the peak of the company he founded they employed 12,000 workers.  In his lifetime he was awarded 5 U.S. Patents.  He died in 1949 at the age of 75.

What you may not know about Arthur Atwater Kent is that he invented the Unisparker automobile ignition coil in 1921.  It was the industry standard for 50 years.  That same year he produced his first do-it-yourself radio components, by 1925 the Atwater Manufacturing Company was the largest maker of radios in the United States.  Not bad, not bad at all.  Until tomorrow keep a smile on your face and a penny in your pocket.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray I love stopping in at your blog.... every day it's a new bit of history...thanks for this one...

Oct 20, 2017 04:12 AM #2
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi James... nothing I'd ever heard of before... but it was interesting learning something new.

Oct 20, 2017 04:14 AM #3
Peter Mohylsky, South Walton
PrimeSouth Properties - Santa Rosa Beach, FL
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Great post, keep these little bits coming.  Thanks again for sharing.  

Oct 20, 2017 04:18 AM #4
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. Fascinating. I'm from Philly and never knew of the plant. Wonder if it survived his death?

Oct 20, 2017 04:29 AM #5
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Arthur was definitely a creative thinker! Enjoy your day!

Oct 20, 2017 04:32 AM #6
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

that is one that I never would have known, thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend.

Oct 20, 2017 05:05 AM #7
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Good morning James Dray 

Thank you for sharing your information with us.  Have a great day.

Oct 20, 2017 05:54 AM #8
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

When you invent something that everyone will use, you are going to have a pretty successful business.

Oct 20, 2017 05:57 AM #9
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Once you mentioned the radio I remembered the company Atwater-Kent.

Oct 20, 2017 07:24 AM #10
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - I love hearing about the inventors and their patents!

Oct 20, 2017 07:44 AM #11
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for telling us about Arthur Atwater Kent. I did not recognize his name.

Oct 20, 2017 07:54 AM #12
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Once again, I am amazed at the stories you share with us.  I really enjoyed Arthur's story.  Have a great weekend. A

Oct 20, 2017 08:09 AM #13
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon James - I do not about this.  I grew up in Philadelphia and have been to the Atwater Kent Museum 

Oct 20, 2017 10:42 AM #14
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good afternoon James,

Used to play with one of his radio's my Father had.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Oct 20, 2017 10:55 AM #15
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- I'm wondering what we would have done without all of these brilliant people to invent or discover what they did. 

Oct 20, 2017 11:43 AM #16
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James

Another great story! The Atwater Kents were a prominent Philadelphia family and a family member lived not far from where I grew up in Chester County.


Oct 20, 2017 03:49 PM #17
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I often have wondered about this very fact. Thank you James Dray 

Oct 20, 2017 07:14 PM #18
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing this bit of history.  I find it very interesting to learn about the people behind the inventions.

Oct 20, 2017 07:39 PM #19
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

I've started wondering what people think about when they come up with these inventions. It would be interesting to know how much creativity comes into the picture. Thanks for another history lesson. I look forward to the next one. 

Oct 22, 2017 09:05 AM #20
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Being awarded 5 US Patents sounds like a pretty big deal. I so admire anyone who has those special genes where invention ideas fly through their brains and spill out unto paper and then into reality.

Oct 23, 2017 11:04 PM #21
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