John Dickinson,

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

John Dickinson was born in Woolwich, or London England (the exact location is unknown) back in 1782 to Thomas and Frances. When he as 15 he started a seven-year apprenticeship with Messrs (that is the correct spelling) Harrison in London. In 1804, he began to trade in stationery. In 1809, he received a patent for a new kind of paper. That same year he was able to purchase a former flour mill at Apsley.

In 1850, he started his own business and passed it on to his nephew in 1858. He died in 1869. What you may not know about John is that the patent he received was for the paper used in those days for cannon cartridges. The paper would not smolder after the cannon was fired, thus preventing accidental explosions. He also invented the first continuous mechanized papermaking process, using wood pulp instead of rag and grass. That company he left to his nephew well, it is called today the John Dickinson Stationery, one of the larges stationery manufactures in the world.

Just two other notes, he introduced paper containing silk threads produced for security purposes, the paper was known as Penny Post. The last one is he invented the envelopes that had a gum like adhesive to keep them closed.

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

Good morning, James Dray wow.... who knew..... and that nephew made a score!!

Sep 20, 2019 02:51 AM #1
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

We we sure have used some of the wonderful products that he introduced.

Sep 20, 2019 04:46 AM #2
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, James... those of us who just took paper for granted should not do so after reading this.

Sep 20, 2019 04:50 AM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Another, who knew? I will be looking at paper diferently now. Enjoy your day!

Sep 20, 2019 05:16 AM #4
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning James. I was taken with this story and this man. Good one.

Sep 20, 2019 06:08 AM #5
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, James - an interesting story.  It makes you think about how much change we have experienced in a relatively short period of time.  Well, it serves as another reminder...

Sep 20, 2019 06:27 AM #6
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I love beautiful stationary, and I often send snail mail on it.  And so thankful for those who create those.  Nice story.  A

Sep 20, 2019 07:05 AM #7
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

It's interesting that even back in the 1700s they had people trying to get into our mail James Dray 

Sep 20, 2019 07:29 AM #8
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have never really known how paper was made, but I sure do appreciate having it.

Sep 20, 2019 07:37 AM #9
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray,

I hope you have a wonderful weekend with your wife!

Sep 20, 2019 11:54 AM #10
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon James Dray - he made lots of things that we still use today.

Sep 20, 2019 12:02 PM #11
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I miss the days of letters and stationary and actual (not virtual) cards. 

Sep 20, 2019 02:10 PM #12
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

Well, he certainly knew his paper! What would we do without it?!


Sep 21, 2019 07:48 AM #13
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Oh, he was full of surprises, that John Dickinson was, James! Now we know the rest of the story!

Sep 22, 2019 08:35 PM #14
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