April 28, 1896

On April 28, 1896, the Addressograph was patented by J.S. Duncan. What is the Addressograph you ask? It was a machine that would print addresses on letters, thereby speeding up the process of mass mailings. Thank you J.S. Duncan, because of you, the first step in sending multitudes of people junk mail, scam letters, and letters from reputable and disreputable charity organizations was invented. Royalty from Nigeria may never have been able to contact Americans and plead with them to help get their money out of foreign banks without your little bright idea, just so you wouldn’t have to hand write your return address on a bunch of envelopes. Thanks, J.S. Duncan.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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