African American inventor, Joseph
Lee (1849 - 1905) invented new and useful improvements to the dough-kneading
machine (U.S. patent #524,042 8/7/1894). His machine was intended for use
in large houses or hotels. Lee also patented a machine for making bread crumbs (U.S. patent #540,553
Joseph Lee grew up in the food service
industry. He worked as a baker, cook, waiter, and hotel manager, to eventually
become the owner of two restaurants and his own catering service called
the Lee Catering Company. He sold the patent for his bread crumbling machine
to the Royal Worcester Bread Crumb Company of Boston.
Joseph Lee - Kneading machine
Joseph Lee -
Bread crumbing machine
Lee - Biography
Joseph Lee was born in 1849 and
lived most of his life in Boston, Massachusetts.
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