Karl Frelherr von Drais

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Karl Frelherr von Drais was born in Karlsruhe, Germany back in 1785. Sorry but I cannot find any information about his parents, schooling or anything until 1812. He died in 1851, he was 66 years young. So, let’s get to it shall we.

Karl was an inventor, in 1812 he invented the (“running machine”) nicknamed the hobby horse or dandy horse. It was the earliest form of a bicycle, without pedals. He also invented the earliest typewriter with a keyboard (1821), the first meat grinder and a cooking device he called the haybox. One would cook the food to the boiling point place it in the haybox, over a period of time, the food items cook by the heat captured in the insulated container. In 1842, he developed a foot-driven human powered railway vehicle he called the “draisine”. In the United States, they are known as speeder or handcars. They are still in use to this day.

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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Good morning James Dray - he certainly had a variety of inventions--a real dreamer.

Oct 12, 2019 03:53 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray he surely was an inventor.... a jack of all trades....

Oct 12, 2019 04:25 AM #2
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning James. I knew about the handcar but not the rest. Great read today. TY

Oct 12, 2019 04:36 AM #3
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

He was on top of his game for that period of time.

Oct 12, 2019 05:16 AM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Karl had a creative mind that appears to have always been in motion. Lesson learned. Enjoy your day! 

Oct 12, 2019 05:23 AM #5
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning,  James - an exceptional tinkerer.  That's for sure. It seems he had a mind that was always "on".

Oct 12, 2019 05:36 AM #6
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

What I find interesting is considering how hard it is to invent something, have the idea, develop it etc., how many of these inventors come up with multiple ideas and inventions and I am sure they had many that did not work as well. 

Oct 12, 2019 05:43 AM #7
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

I figured the German out and have no idea of the inventions.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Oct 12, 2019 06:39 AM #8
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow, he invented some pretty useful things that are great used in today's world too.

Oct 12, 2019 06:45 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a prolific inventor Karl was.  Glad to hear that these inventions are still in use today!  Enjoy your golf day!  A

Oct 12, 2019 07:49 AM #10
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

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

Oct 12, 2019 08:04 AM #11
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- now hear was someone who was always thinking and then he put his ideas into reality. 

Oct 12, 2019 08:04 AM #12
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing  the story Karl Frelherr von Drais.  He had quite a mind, imagination and determination to be able invent the way he did.

Oct 12, 2019 11:14 PM #13
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Incredible to create and dream up these inventions. So glad there weren't video games to occupy minds instead of productive, creative inventions.

Oct 13, 2019 08:22 AM #14
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

This man truly was a creative genius. I think we owe him a lot of credit for his inventions 

Oct 14, 2019 03:49 AM #15
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