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I’m writing today about Karl Drais. Sadly, I have no information as to where he was born, the year of his birth or much of anything else.  What I can tell you about Karl of course is the rest of the story, which I find quite fascinating, so let’s get to it.

 He was a prolific inventor, among his inventions was the Velocipede, which was a bicycle with the pedals. He also invented the earliest typewriter (1821) the first meat grinder, the first four-wheeled human powered vehicles and a foot driven powered rail-road vehicle “handrail”.  In spite of all his inventions due to the upheaval in Europe he died penniless in 1851.  Today he would be a multi-millionaire or better.  Until tomorrow keep a smile on your face and pass it on to someone in need.

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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Thee was a time when people were not totally driven by money. Enjoy your day!

Dec 25, 2017 04:21 AM #1
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Better to die penniless with accomplishments than with money and none.

Dec 25, 2017 04:45 AM #2
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

We visited Dayton Ohio a few years ago, and it was truly incredible the number of inventors and inventions that came out of that area. Bicycles, which turned to air flight (Wright Brothers) all the way to space exploration. 

Dec 25, 2017 05:01 AM #3
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. Sometimes we don't get our due. Merry Christmas.

Dec 25, 2017 05:11 AM #4
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - he was before his time in more ways than one.  Merry Christmas.

Dec 25, 2017 05:28 AM #5
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Better to be happy.

Merry Christmas

Dec 25, 2017 06:36 AM #6
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Karl had a great mind.  Too bad he didn't benefit financially from it.  Merry Christmas to you and your family!  

Dec 25, 2017 06:55 AM #7
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, James... never thought about how the bicycle was invented... and now I know. Merry Christmas!

Dec 25, 2017 07:00 AM #8
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI James Dray - It is amazing that some of the greatest inventors as well as artists and others did die penniless. Yet today their legacy lives on. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Dec 25, 2017 07:11 AM #9
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

My Mom used to teach typing, so I will have to tell her about this man.  She might even already know of him, haha.

Dec 25, 2017 07:23 AM #10
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Dec 25, 2017 07:25 AM #11
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a wonderful story of a great inventor...As far as being penniless, we all know you cannot take it with you.  Enjoy your Christmas day.  A

Dec 25, 2017 09:19 AM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James-what a shame that he died a pauper. Hope you had a very Merry Christmas. 

Dec 25, 2017 06:41 PM #13
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

If only he had lived in a different time. Thanks for sharing!

Dec 26, 2017 09:57 AM #14
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