John Bacon

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

John Bacon was born in Hampden, Maine back in 1827. Sorry but I don’t have any information as to who his parents were, so like always I do have the rest of the story. In 1848, he moved to Bangor, Maine. Later that same year on top of a Franklin stove me mixed some ingredients up and made his first batch.

He traveled to Portland and after three days had made only one sale. Not deterred in 1850, he became a traveling salesman. In his first year, he made $6,000.00. The next year he expanded travelling westward to Ohio, Minnesota and Missouri. He is considered to the one of the first if not the very first commercial sales broker. Apparently, his determination paid off as he had a factory built that was three stories high, employing 200 people. Having built a successful business, he went into the dredging business later opening a shipyard where he built ten large ships.

What you may not know about John Bacon Curtis is that he was the first person to commercially market chewing gum. If he only knew what the business is now…

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

Good morning, James Dray I have at least 8 containers of sugarfree gum (bubble gum flavored) in my house at all times... one is always in my vehicle, and my family now has the habit...

Aug 22, 2019 03:22 AM #1
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Who knew that chewing gum went that far back, James. Like Barbara Todaro I too have sugar-free bubble gum in my house, in my car, and in my purse all the time!

Aug 22, 2019 03:57 AM #2
RE Virtual Solutions
RE Virtual Solutions - Saint Charles, MO
Virtually helping real estate professionals.

Good morning James Dray . I love learning facts like this.  My family always wonders how I go through so much gum. It's perfect for my sweet tooth.

Aug 22, 2019 04:45 AM #3
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Handled many a package in the grocery days.

My favorite besides bubble gum for baseball was blackjack!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Aug 22, 2019 05:21 AM #4
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

That was a successful business for those days. I'll think of him the next time I hace a chew.

Aug 22, 2019 05:24 AM #5
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Never was a gum fan, but I am in the minority for sure! Enjoy your day!

Aug 22, 2019 05:59 AM #6
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - I sometimes marvel at how the person such as John Bacon invents something completely out of his wheelhouse!

Aug 22, 2019 06:40 AM #7
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Another marvelous inventor.  We rarely chew gum these days, unlike may who do.  A

Aug 22, 2019 07:07 AM #8
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, chewing gum, I was thinking that he made cloud bread and that is where Barbara Todaro got her recipe from, haha.

Aug 22, 2019 07:14 AM #9
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. I have always believed if you could sell, you could sell.

Aug 22, 2019 07:16 AM #10
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - I am not much of a gum-chewer but the evidence of its success is well known.  On sidewalks.  In subways and other forms of transit.  Memories on the bottom of my shoe occasionally.  I digress...

Aug 22, 2019 07:20 AM #11
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 I often  find his invention on the bottom of shoe. I hope you’re having a great Thursday James Dray 

Aug 22, 2019 03:15 PM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- you have to wonder how in the world someone comes up with the idea of chewing gum. I remember when I was a kid I loved Juicy Fruit and Double Bubble. I used to chew sugar free gum years ago but haven't in years. 

Aug 22, 2019 05:52 PM #13
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

I am out of the chewing gum stage ....though how well I remember bubble gum popping everywhere.

Aug 23, 2019 05:29 AM #14
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

He wouldn't have made a living on me James Dray .

Aug 24, 2019 06:47 PM #15
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

So he is responsible for the stuff that gets on my shoes or pollutes the bottoms of theater seats.

Aug 25, 2019 02:53 PM #16
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