Charles Brooks

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty AR LLC PB00068179

Charles Brooks was born in Virginia it is believed back in 1865. There are no records of who his parents were, his upbringing including but not limited to any education he may have received. However, for this post all of that doesn’t really matter, so let’s get to it shall we.

In the 1890’s you could find him living in Newark, New Jersey working as a porter for the Pullman Palace Car Company. Nothing to write home about, right?

Well that wasn’t good enough for Charles, he invented something in which he received a patent for in 1896 #556,711, just a few months later he got another patent #560,154.

His invention and his second was so successful that the Pennsylvania state government gave him a $110,000.00 contract. In Buffalo, New York the superintendent adopted Brook’s design as the model for the city. His last invention was in 1893, patent # 507,672.

What you may not know about Charles is that he was an African-American. He invented the first self-propelled street sweeping truck, his design had revolving brushes attached to the front fender. He also invented the first interchangeable scraper for removing snow during the winter. His second invention was for a dust-proof collection for the street sweeper. The last one was for a paper punch, unique for its time because unlike hole puncher of today, his had a built-in receptacle to catch the round pieces of waste paper, preventing littering. I could not find any information about his death.

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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Good morning James - that was an amazing invention.  They really do a great job without dusk.

Apr 11, 2019 03:20 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray after a winter of heavy sanding and salting, those street sweepers are a blessing.... 

Apr 11, 2019 04:06 AM #2
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

I still have one of those hole punchers.

Apr 11, 2019 04:30 AM #3
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Three items many municipalities still use today saving time and money!

Now to figure out how to use them for many of our politicians!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Apr 11, 2019 04:43 AM #4
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. Pretty amazing and clearly creative. Did you move?

Apr 11, 2019 05:29 AM #5
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Charles was possessed with a creative mind he did not waste. Enjoy your day!

Apr 11, 2019 05:32 AM #6
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 Charles inventions always seem to be picking up and what would we have done without his ingenuity James Dray 

Apr 11, 2019 06:39 AM #7
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What great inventions Charles came up with!  Another day of learning for us.  Have a delightful day.  A

Apr 11, 2019 08:29 AM #8
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

The self-propelled street sweeper and interchangeable scraper for removing snow have been of great service to communities across the nation. 

Apr 11, 2019 01:49 PM #9
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James, He kept the streets and sidewalks cleaner and to this day it is a plus in all area.s


Apr 11, 2019 04:09 PM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- I love to learn who invented these everyday items that we often take for granted. 

Apr 11, 2019 06:12 PM #11
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I saw my 1st street sweepers of the year today James Dray 

Apr 11, 2019 06:25 PM #12
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - Charles obviously saw a need and acted upon it. Good for him and good for all of us who have benefited too.  

Apr 11, 2019 06:31 PM #13
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow you amaze me James with such interesting information, I would bet a lot of money that 99% of College Students would have no idea who invented these items, Endre

Apr 11, 2019 11:52 PM #14
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

James, ever since I was in 5th grade and Sister Georgina covered the invention of the sewing machine by Elias Howe, I have had a special interest in people who can invent.  I was fascinated with Sister's story how Elias Howe solved a problem with the machine after a dream.  I so admire inventors and wish I had 
a little more knowledge and talent in this area. 

Apr 12, 2019 09:18 AM #15
John Henry
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Amazing.  I have invented absolutely nothing except beautiful homes designed one by one.  Thanks for letting us in on something inspirational. 

May 12, 2019 03:40 AM #16
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