Maria Beasley

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Maria Beasley was born in Philadelphia, the exact date of her birth is unknown, as well as who her parents were, where she went to school or if she did and so on.  However for this post none of that is important as the rest of the story.

What I can tell you is that in 1865 she married and held various jobs over the course of her lifetime, one of those was a dressmaker.  Between 1891to 1896 the Chicago directories listed her occupation as an inventor, which of course is the rest of the story.

She was granted her first patent in 1878.  She had invented a barrel-hooping machine which she showed at the World Industrial and Cotton Exposition in 1884.  While there she showed another invention, which was an improved life raft, patented in 1882.  Among some of her other inventions included a foot warmer, cooking pans and an anti-derailment device for trains.  

What you may not know about Maria Beasley is that her design of the life raft was used on the Titanic, thus now you know the rest of the story.  Until tomorrow keep a smile on your face and a penny in your pocket

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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Interesting, James -- our world is full of accomplished little-known people. Maria is one of them. Thanks for sharing this tidbit.

Dec 10, 2017 05:07 AM #1
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

The design was good but the implementation and number of rafts were not!

Looks like the train invention will need some upgrading.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Dec 10, 2017 05:11 AM #2
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. What a good read and so very interesting. Have a good day.

Dec 10, 2017 05:11 AM #3
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

She sure created a variety of inventions not necessarily related. She must have been fascinating to be around.

Dec 10, 2017 05:13 AM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. The mystery woman, Maria, left her mark on history. Enjoy your day!

Dec 10, 2017 05:23 AM #5
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

I bet the ones who used the rafts know her name.

Dec 10, 2017 05:40 AM #6
Tyra Hatcher Mitchell
Alliance Realty - Portland, ME
Southern Maine Realtor

Great story

Dec 10, 2017 06:11 AM #7
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow, she sounds like quite the woman and invented things that were very practical.

Dec 10, 2017 06:17 AM #8
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Yet another interesting journey down the path of history hosted by our guide James Dray !

Dec 10, 2017 06:21 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a wonderful story you shared with us today on Maria Beasley...The raft helped some make it to safety on the Titanic.  A


Dec 10, 2017 10:56 AM #10
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I hope you are writing a book on all these people James, It could be a best seller!

Dec 10, 2017 11:07 AM #11
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello James,

Interesting post and by creating life rafts Maria Beasley must have saved quite a few lives.

Dec 10, 2017 11:52 AM #12
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James - like Raymond says the issue was not the design but the lack of enough rafts.

Dec 10, 2017 01:47 PM #13
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

If only they had had more of her rafts on the Titanic. Thank you for sharing!

Dec 11, 2017 07:59 AM #14
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

James, this was a nice and interesting story.  Wonderful about Maria Beasley and  her design of the life raft.  Amazing the connection with the Titanic.  It is not too often we hear one of your stories on the life of a female inventor.

Jul 06, 2018 12:44 AM #15
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