Joseph C. Gayetty

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Joseph C. Gayetty was born apparently in Massachusetts, but I can’t say for sure.  The first record I could find was in the 1850 United States Census, stating he was born in 1817.  In 1850, he was living in New York City, New York, he had married Margaret and had two young children.  Ten years later he was still in New York City and had five children. 

He invented something we all use and will continue to do so for the next foreseeable future.  He was attacked as a quack by at least one medical society.  He called his product “The Greatest Necessity of the Age”.  By 1859, the business was located at 41 Ann Street in New York City.  He died circa 1890’s but that is all I could find about him.

What you may not know about Joseph is that his invention/product with improvements of course, is used by us each and every day.  They call it toilet paper, each sheet was made of pure Manila hemp paper also contained aloe as a lubricant, things have changed from the first roll. 

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Comments (16)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - one might think Mr. Gayetty would have achieved greater name recognition for his achievement.  Alas, it seems a shortage of information about him has left me unaware of his accomplishment until now.  

Mar 29, 2021 02:41 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

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

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Mar 29, 2021 04:23 AM
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

Hi James,

I wonder how Mr. Gayetty would have reacted to his toilet paper being thought of as gold in 2020! It beats the Sear's Catalog for comfort anyday of the week.😄

Mar 29, 2021 04:26 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Joseph should be remembered for his contribution. And, now I know. Enjoy your day.

Mar 29, 2021 04:44 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

No, I didn't know the inventor, but remember last year's shortage and the supposed shortage coming!

I doubt the bidet will make a huge comeback as then the government will say we are using too much water and causing more climate problems!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Mar 29, 2021 04:57 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

James, you say "with improvements" but his product sounds better then most out there with the Aloe and hemp.

Mar 29, 2021 05:21 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Thank you very much, Mr. Gayette.  I can't imagine life without your invention.  Thank you for sharing the story, James.

Mar 29, 2021 05:35 AM
Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - Valley of the Sun /

I just love these walk back in times. Monday, lets do it.. Great info, thanks for sharing.  Bill Salvatore 

Mar 29, 2021 05:35 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I want the original stuff, it sounds much better than what we get today, haha.  Do they even make it with aloe any longer?

Mar 29, 2021 05:42 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James. Sounds like he went to a great deal of trouble to make his product perfect

Mar 29, 2021 05:48 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Thank you to Mr. Gayette.  He certainly made life easier and so much better than using a page from the Sears Catalog...LOL  A

Mar 29, 2021 07:42 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Life without Mr. Gayetty’s invention would certainly be different

Mar 29, 2021 10:05 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Who of use could imagine life without toilet paper today, James? What a fun post.

Mar 29, 2021 10:57 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- we can make substitutions for paper towels and other cleaning items but toilet paper...I don't think so. 

Mar 29, 2021 11:38 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

That is certainly an invention you do not want to be all WIPED out of.

Mar 29, 2021 12:24 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James he was my classmate in Boston, MA:)) just kidding never heard of him and not sure if I will remember him either:)Endre

Mar 29, 2021 10:13 PM