Theodore Thaddeus Ellis

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Theodore Thaddeus Ellis was born in St. Louis, Missouri back in 1867 to John and Mary. As a teen, he worked as an apprentice becoming a pressman in 1886. He joined the United States Navy serving three years before being discharged. He worked for the Brockton Enterprise in Massachusetts and the Boston Herald.

He saw a need to improve the printing process, he started working on a project, his employer at the time the Worcester Telegram give him the ultimatum, either work or resign. After his resignation he developed several inventions, but the most notable one was the “press blanket”, what we now call offset printing. It is still in use to this day. With his earnings, he bought The Worcester Evening Gazette. With Frank Knox, he bought joint control of the Chicago Daily News. He died in London in 1934 he was 66.

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Comments (17)

Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Well sometimes it is best to follow you dreams. It sure paid off for him.

Nov 13, 2019 04:15 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

How lovely that he was able to buy a newspaper in his town of Worcester! 

Nov 13, 2019 04:19 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray and all of that happened just 30 minutes from me....The Worcester Telegram is the newspaper there now...and the Boston Herald is still being printed...

Nov 13, 2019 04:47 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Theodore stuck to his guns and things worked out well. Enjoy your day!

Nov 13, 2019 04:49 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, James... I never cease to be surprised by the number of people you "discover" who had have great impact on our lives and we have no idea about them... Theodore certainly fits the bill here.

Nov 13, 2019 05:04 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - sometimes you have to quit a job to follow your dream.  His paid off.

Nov 13, 2019 05:08 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - I recall previously hearing about Worcester since my Dad made occasional business trips there but the rest of the story is definitely a new one for me.  

Nov 13, 2019 05:09 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This is a very interesting read. Another gone too soon.

Nov 13, 2019 05:23 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Gotta love ultimatums!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Nov 13, 2019 06:04 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James,  You always have a great history lesson for here in the rain.  Thanks for these great information for us.


Nov 13, 2019 08:13 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, I will have to ask my brother about this, he works on the press at the local paper where he lives.

Nov 13, 2019 10:48 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

If his talent had been recognized, others would have benefited. He was his own man and followed his own path.

Nov 13, 2019 03:16 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Good one James,

And I happen to have  learned how to run a printing press, yes an offset one...A

Nov 13, 2019 03:19 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Theodore knew what he wanted to do & how to do it regardless of the ramifications of his choices. We're all better off because of it.

Nov 13, 2019 03:21 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

Well he followed his dreams and it panned out for him..and for many others!!


Nov 13, 2019 05:10 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- I love that we're all able to learn about these creative, bright people who gave the world inventions that we still use. 

Nov 13, 2019 06:52 PM
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Hi James,

I did not know that Theodore Thaddeus Ellis was the inventor of offset printing-thank you!

Nov 14, 2019 12:53 PM