William Addis

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

William Addis was born back in 1734, near Clerkenwell, London but I’m not certain. I do not have any data as to who his parents were, if he had any schooling and so on. What I do have of course is the rest of the story, so let’s get to it.

In 1770, he was in jail for causing a riot in Spitalfields. Sorry, but I don’t have any information as to how long he was in prison. What he did notice while in prison and what he did after he got out changed the world for the better and made him a rich man. After his release, he opened up a business to manufacture his invention. He died in 1808, and left the business to his son. The company stayed in family ownership until 1996.

So, do I have your curiosity up? William took a small bone from a meal he had the day before drilled some holes in it obtained some broom bristles from one of the guards and built his first toothbrush. Of course, improvements has been made but you can still buy the toothbrush under the brand name of Wisdom Toothbrushes, they manufacture some 70-million, of them each year.

Until tomorrow show those pearly whites and give someone the free gift of a smile

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

Good morning, James Dray well, I'm surely glad he created what must have been a God awful looking device... my pearly whites stay white.... and for that I'm thankful!

Dec 15, 2018 03:03 AM #1
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This is an incredible story. Don't know I would want to have used the prototype, but the invention was good.

Dec 15, 2018 04:48 AM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

And so many other uses as well.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Dec 15, 2018 04:55 AM #3
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Now that is white.

Dec 15, 2018 05:39 AM #4
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow, I could certainly see a lot of money being made off such an invention, I would think everybody brushes their teeth, right?

Dec 15, 2018 05:40 AM #5
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

Good morning James. This is another interesting fact that I did not know.  I'm going to try to use it in one of my conversations today....

Dec 15, 2018 05:49 AM #6
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Not a fan of the prototype, but use one quite often. Enjoy your day!

Dec 15, 2018 05:58 AM #7
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Holy Molars...that's a lot of brushes!

Dec 15, 2018 06:03 AM #8
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

That's someone I would like to thank in person. Without him I might just have to gum it.

Dec 15, 2018 07:15 AM #9
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - I'm going to pull a Donald Urschalitz - Here you go!

Dec 15, 2018 11:02 AM #10
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Love this story of how the toothbrush came into existence.  We take so darn much for granted.  Wishing you a delightful weekend.  A

Dec 15, 2018 11:39 AM #11
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good afternoon James Dray ,

What an incredible story about how the toot brush came into existence! How would we survive without it. Thanks for the history lesson this morning.

Dec 15, 2018 12:10 PM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- well what do you know! I've never given any thought as to who invented the toothbrush!  Loved Sheri Sperry - MCNE® cartoon. 

Dec 15, 2018 02:25 PM #13
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James loved the story, but in all fairness Sheri Sperry - MCNE®  comment just overshadowed your post, Endre

Dec 15, 2018 11:07 PM #14
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