Margaret E. Knight

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Margaret E. Knight was born in York, Maine back in 1838 to James and Hannah.  After her father’s passing she moved to Manchester, New Hampshire to live with her mother. As a child she wasn’t interested in dolls but all she wanted was a jack knife and pieces of wood. Her formal education was limited to secondary school.

She worked at the cotton mills throughout her 20’s and 30’s.  in 1867, she started working for the Columbia Paper Bag Company in Springfield, Massachusetts. She died in 1914 in Framingham, Massachusetts, she was 76.

What you may not know about Margaret is that she was also an inventor. Throughout her lifetime she was awarded 87 patents, 27 of them are well known, while I won’t list them all, here are a few examples.  She invented the first flat-bottom paper bag, lid removing pliers, a numbering machine, a window frame and sash, and several devices relating to rotary engines. She was inducted into the National Inventor Hall of Fame in 2006.

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Comments (19)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James Dray - lots of creative skill there.  There are many quiet inventors who have made our lives better.

Feb 26, 2021 03:29 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanak you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Feb 26, 2021 03:52 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

She invented some wonderful things and is definitely worthy of being in the hall of fame!

Feb 26, 2021 04:24 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

I filled many a bag back in the grocery days!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Feb 26, 2021 04:25 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Another name with a very creative mind that I did not know until today. Enjoy your day.

Feb 26, 2021 04:43 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray ,,,, here;s the PAPER BAG MACHINE

Feb 26, 2021 05:00 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

All I can say, James, what took them so long to induct this woman into the National Inventor Hall of Fame.

Feb 26, 2021 05:11 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - proving once again child's play can be connected to creativity, ingenuity and inventiveness.  Nourish it and let it flourish.  

Feb 26, 2021 05:16 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I love this woman. I always wanted to be a professional tinkerer but never considered how I could make a living out of it. I would guess she did very well for herself James Dray .

Feb 26, 2021 05:40 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James Dray what an amazing mind to have come up with so many diverse inventions

Feb 26, 2021 06:09 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I really enjoyed this post, and I appreciated Nina Hollander 's comment on your post.  She is right!  A

Feb 26, 2021 07:02 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

She was probably hooked up with a patent attorney as it was still costly to file patents applications. 

Feb 26, 2021 08:39 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Patents have a 17 year expirary date on it then.

Feb 26, 2021 08:40 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Wow, what a fun read. She certainly was an impressive and creative inventor!

Feb 26, 2021 12:47 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- what an amazing woman!!!!  Even the flat bottomed bag!!! 


Feb 26, 2021 04:16 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

It seems that Margaret Knight was far ahead of her time James Dray 

Feb 26, 2021 09:26 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

wow the flat bottomed paper bag used to use it all the time before the Pandemic:))Endre

Feb 27, 2021 09:53 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I was afraid this was going to turn out to be about LIzzie Borden!

Feb 28, 2021 01:38 AM
Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

A very cool story.  It is fun to learn about creative people.  Thank you for sharing her story with us.

Mar 17, 2021 05:44 AM

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