Thomas Blanchard

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Thomas Blanchard was born in Sutton, Massachusetts back in 1788. Sorry I don’t have any information about his parents, early childhood and so on. In fact, I don’t have any information about him until 1806, that’s when he received his first patent. He sold the right to that for $5,000.00 a hefty sum in those days.

He went to work for the Springfield Armory, while there he invented another machine in 1822. By the 1850’s his invention was the standard for arms manufacturing. In 1851, he was still going strong inventing another machine that could bend dense and strong wood. He wasn’t finished for he also invented a machine for cutting and folding envelopes at a single operation.

What you may not know about Thomas is that he pioneered the assembly line style of mass production in America. He invented the first machining lathe for interchangeable parts. In 1825, he invented America’s first car, which he called a “horseless carriage”. Now you know where that term came from. All in all, he was awarded over 25 patents for his creations. BTW, that first one he sold for $5,000.00 was a machine he invented for the manufacture of tacks. Before then they were done by hand.

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Linda Blumenthal
Hampton Crossing - Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - 631-466-4087 - Westhampton Beach, NY
NYS Licenced Real Estate Salesperson, CBR

Thanks so much for sharing.  It was definitely an interesting post.  

Mar 21, 2019 03:36 AM #1
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

He sure was a busy person and his contributions were many.

Mar 21, 2019 04:27 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Thomas is another example of a creative mind. Enjoy your day!

Mar 21, 2019 04:32 AM #3
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

As I looked deeper I found it suspicious that fires have destroyed many patents at the U.S. Patent Office. Five times seems unusually high to me!

Mar 21, 2019 04:58 AM #4
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Wouldn't it be nice to put one of his first patents on 585 seats in the Senate and Congress and around the country for other elected officials and see which ones are sharper!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Mar 21, 2019 05:44 AM #5
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray The assembly line and conveyor belts were both incredible additions to the manufacturing industry.... and they kept many employed during the 1940's and WWII doing "piece work" at a conveyor belt for supplies for those in battle....

Mar 21, 2019 06:02 AM #6
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This is incredible. What a cretive and focused guy.

Mar 21, 2019 06:32 AM #7
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Another interesting inventor that I had never heard of before today, it would definitely be a pain in the rear to make tacks by hand, haha.

Mar 21, 2019 06:56 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Where would we be without the assembly line?  Thank you for another stellar info post.  A

Mar 21, 2019 07:13 AM #10
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon James - interesting to know that Henry Ford was not the first.

Mar 21, 2019 10:37 AM #11
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James-wouldn't you love to know how the minds of inventors work?!!!

Mar 21, 2019 10:46 AM #12
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

So we finally found out who the tack man was James Dray .

Mar 21, 2019 11:03 AM #13
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James and that makes me wonder how Henry Ford became so well known and Thomas Blanchard a virtual unknown, Endre

Mar 21, 2019 11:12 PM #14
faye schubert
Branson, MO
technology and marketing specialist

A man of many talents and we are still using his inventions every day.

Mar 27, 2019 05:10 AM #15
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