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Joseph Lee – Black Inventor

Joseph Lee is one of the black inventors who was born in 1849 in Boston and spent most of his adult life there as well. He was very reputable when it came to the food service industry which is not unexpected due to the fact that he had worked in a bakery at a very young age. Joseph was trained to be able to prepare, cook and serve food which lead to him establishing two very successful restaurants in Boston. Not to mention the fact that during the end of the 1890s he even have a hotel that was both owned and managed by himself by the name of Woodland Park hotel over in Newton.

He kept this business up for 17 years. Not to mention the fact that in 1902 he still was in the food service industry and even opened a catering business by the name of Lee Catering Company which dealt with some very wealthy clientele. Also, while all of this way being handled he was able to successfully run the Squantum Inn which was one of the summer resorts in South Shores that was known for their high quality seafood. As you can see Joseph was a very busy black man during his time yet at the same time all of his businesses were a success.

Even though Joseph was successfully in all of his businesses there were still some things that he felt could run smoother. More specifically, Joseph felt as though duties would be easier if he had something that would tear up bread into crumbles for him. This is what led to him creating an invention that he had patented by 1895. However, he did eventually sell the rights over to one of the reputable bread companies during his time. This was no big deal to Joseph because he had other inventions already in the making. In fact, by 1895 he had invented a bread making machine that was patented. Furthermore, this invention is something that we still use this very day despite that fact that it has undergone quite a few modifications.

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

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