Bessie Blount

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Bessie Blount Griffin was born in Hickory, Virginia back in 1914. She attended Diggs Chapel Elementary School. After graduation, she attended Community Kennedy Memorial Hospital’s nursing program in Newark, New Jersey where she obtained her Nursing Degree. She continued her education at Panzer College of Physical Education and Hygiene in East Orange, New Jersey and became a physical therapist.

She worked at the Bronx hospital in New York. While there she invented several things that assisted in the veteran’s returning home from WWII. Her first invention was an electric self-feeding apparatus to help amputees feed themselves. All the amputee would need to do is to bite on a tube, the food would dispense to the mouthpiece one bite of food. The United States was not interested in it so she sold it to the French Government. Her next invention was to invent something close to their face using a portable receptacle support. For that invention, she was granted Patent No. 2,550,554. She also invented the kidney shaped emesis basin that is still in use to this day. Again, the United States was not interested in the invention so she sold it to a company in Belgium.

What you may not know about Bessie is that she was the first African-American woman to make an appearance on the television show The Bid Idea where she demonstrated her ideas. She was quoted as saying “A Black woman can invent something for the benefit of human kind.” So, true don’t you think?

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Comments (17)

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

Good morning James. It sounds like political influences stopped some of her inventions here in the US and she had to look to more progressive nations. She was ahead of he time and never gave up! Thanks for this one. Enjoy your day!

Mar 26, 2019 03:52 AM
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Good morning, I sure agree and there are so many people that have made contributions to society that we don't know there names,

Mar 26, 2019 04:29 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Such a simple yet very effective invention the emesis basin. Now I know who to thank for bringing them to my bedside, Mrs. Bessir Bloune Griffin, her determination was not lost through lack of formal early education. When all else fails educate yourself, amazing!

Mar 26, 2019 04:35 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting story.

Mar 26, 2019 04:36 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

A woman that saw the need to help others over the oppression of the time.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Mar 26, 2019 04:44 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray I think Wayne Martin said it best.... 

Mar 26, 2019 05:18 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning James. Quite the woman I would say. Self confidence is so important.

Mar 26, 2019 05:26 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

You have to wonder if prejudice played a part in our government not being interested in purchasing her inventions James Dray 

Mar 26, 2019 06:31 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

 Everybody can invent if they have the right opportunities and drive James Dray 

Mar 26, 2019 06:50 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

What a wonderful woman with great inventions!  You highlight so many interesting people that I would never hear about otherwise.

Mar 26, 2019 07:40 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I loved Wayne Martin "s comment, it expressed my thoughts exactly.  What does color have anything to do with anything.  A

Mar 26, 2019 07:49 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

And a perfect story to illustrate why we should not think in terms of hyphenated anything... nationality, race, age, etc.

Mar 26, 2019 10:32 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James a very smart women and not afraid to speak her mind.  Thanks for letting us know about her.


Mar 26, 2019 12:17 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- it is amazing how we turned away this invention but good for her for not giving up. 

Mar 26, 2019 01:58 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - I like this story and I like this woman's attitude.  She saw a need and solved it.  Good for her.  Her accomplishments made a difference.  

Mar 26, 2019 05:15 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James loved the post, in all fairness, I  Never heard of the TV show nor of her and my father always said every dollar is a dollar and the color is green Endre

Mar 26, 2019 11:12 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

What a great creative mind - and how sad that she had to say something that obvious which still needed to be said

Mar 28, 2019 04:00 AM