Edwin Hill

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Edwin Hill was born in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England back in 1793.  After he finished his schooling he worked at the Assay Office in Birmingham, later working at a brass-rolling mill where he became the manager.  In 1827, he moved to Tottenham, London where you could find him managing a branch of the family’s school business. 

In 1840, he became the first British Controller of Stamps where he remained until 1872.  He died in 1876, he was 82.

What you may not know about Edwin is that he was also an inventor.  He is most noted for inventing a mechanical system to make envelopes.  His invention was shown at the Great Exhibition of 1851.

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Comments (17)

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

I guess you can say we now know who he is every time we use a envelope.

Aug 07, 2020 04:26 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. The envelope was a big part of my business when active. Am I dating myself? Enjoy your day!

Aug 07, 2020 04:51 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

The end of wax and the beginning of awful tasting glue!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Aug 07, 2020 04:56 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, James....

The envelope-folding machine invented by Warren la Rue and Edwin ...

Aug 07, 2020 06:20 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - I guess his invention led to mass mailings.

Aug 07, 2020 06:33 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Wow, from licking stamps to licking envelopes...he made his mark on post offices everywhere.

Aug 07, 2020 06:37 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - we know his invention has seen many changes over the years.  

Aug 07, 2020 07:02 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

James, I like envelopes of all sizes and types.  No I know who to thank.  A

Aug 07, 2020 07:48 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

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

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Aug 07, 2020 07:51 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray,  There are so many little things like an envelope that we use every day and don't give it a second thought that someone took the time to invent it or a machine to make it.  I always appreciate your bringing this to our attention and giving due credit to the individual such as Edwin Hill.

Aug 07, 2020 07:53 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James,  Shocks, he the guy that invented the envelop that companies can send bills out in.


Aug 07, 2020 08:04 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- Where would we be without envelopes!!!   

Aug 07, 2020 01:05 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I miss the age of paper communication at times James Dray . You can't mark an email with SWAK. 

Aug 07, 2020 07:11 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James how interesting I had no idea that envelopes were around for so long...Endre

Aug 07, 2020 09:59 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I suspect that some kind of envelopes were around before Edwin Hill came on the scene. They were probably hand made and not widely used. His invention certainly made mailing a lot easier and fostered better communication. 

Aug 20, 2020 10:02 AM

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