Joseph Lee was born in 1849 in Boston Massachusetts. He was the son of slaves and from childhood, his world revolved around the food industry spending most of his time in a bakery. After 11 years of service in the U.S Coast Survey, Lee opened his own business, a successful hotel and restaurant.
Joseph Lee’s second patent came in 1895 for his “bread crumbling machine.” Lee’s opinion was that day-old bread could be used to prepare foods and just throwing it out was wasteful. Designed for increased efficiency, Lee sought to repurpose slightly stale bread loaves into breadcrumbs. His machine “seized” bread with its “tearing fingers” and pulled in pieces, crumbling them until the proper level of consistency was achieved.
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