Joseph J. Schermack, Jr. and Stella Saxe

Marriage license of my great-great uncle and aunt, Joseph J. Schermack, Jr. and Stella Saxe (1905). He was an inventor of mailing machines, vending machines and other devices. According to a Scientific American article in 1929, “he has done more to make automatic vending a commercial success than any man in this country”. He is... Continue Reading →

Joseph J. Schermack, Jr.

Joseph J. Schermack, Jr. (1876-1950), my great-great uncle. Inventor of mailing machines, vending machines and other devices. He is most associated with postage stamp vending machines and private stamp perforations made for use in his devices. He was born in Freeport, Illinois, USA and moved to Detroit in 1906 to found the Schermack Mailing Machine... Continue Reading →

Schermack “Talking Salesmen”

Schermack "Talking Salesmen" Vending Machines (1929). The machine used a “continuous bucket” system, which allowed different sizes/types of products to be vended. A phonograph was incorporated in the machine, so a short message, such as a compny slogan, would play when the crank was turned. These machines were invented and patented by the inventor Joseph... Continue Reading →

Schermack Triple Stamp Vending Machine

Schermack Triple Stamp Vending Machine (circa 1920s). It was invented by Joseph J. Schermack, my great-great uncle. #familyhistory #detroit #detroithistory #schermackcompanies #schermackgenealogy #stampvendingmachine #stampcollection #stampcollector #genealogy #falknerjarrell #vending #vendingmachines #schermack #josephjschermack #patent #inventor #inventions #oldpatent #coinop

Automatic Banking System – National Prosperity Association

Automatic Banking System - National Prosperity Association (circa 1920s). Joseph J. Schermack (my great-great uncle) invented a savings system which allowed depositors to purchase stamps for small amounts, paste them in books, and receive credit in their bank account once the book was full. A primary target market was schools, to encourage saving by young... Continue Reading →

Shermac Universal Envelope Sealer, 1905

Shermac Universal Envelope Sealer, 1905. My great-great uncle, Joseph J. Schermack, Jr. left his hometown of Freeport, Illinois, USA in about 1902 and moved to Chicago to seek his fortune. He worked with a number of companies, trying to bring his inventions to market. In 1905, the Hall Office Specialty produced his Universal Envelope Sealer... Continue Reading →

Joseph J. Schermack, Jr. (1876-1950)

Joseph J. Schermack, Jr. (1876-1950). Inventor of mailing machines, vending machines and other devices. According to a Scientific American article in 1929, “he has done more to make automatic vending a commercial success than any man in this country”. He is most associated with postage stamp vending machines and private stamp perforations made for use... Continue Reading →

Joseph J Schermack, Jr. House

Joseph J. Schermack, Jr. House - 740 Pingree, Detroit, Michigan. USA. Joseph was an inventor of mailing machines, vending machines and other devices. He is most associated with postage stamp vending machines and private stamp perforations made for use in his devices. He was born in Freeport, Illinois, USA and moved to Detroit in 1906... Continue Reading →

Schermack Children Circa Early 1880s

Children of Joseph J. and Amelia Schauer Schermack of Freeport, Illinois, USA. Left to right: Anna, Emma, and Joseph J. Schermack, Jr. They were the maternal aunts and uncle of Dorothy Blumenstiel Jarrell. #falknerjarrell #ancestors #familyhistory #genealogy #genealogyphoto #ancestry #history #knowyouroots #antiquephotograph #family #vintagephotography #oldphotos #oldphoto #ancestor #antiquephoto #genealogyresearch #geneabloggers #familytree #familyhistorian #findyourroots #traceyourroots #genealogia... Continue Reading →

Schermack Sisters, in Front of Schermack Company

Emma (left) and Anna Schermack were born to Joseph J. Sr. And Amelia Schauer Schermack in Freeport, Illinois, USA. They followed their brother, the inventor Joseph J. Schermack, Jr. to Detroit, Michigan, USA and worked at the Schermack Company for many years. The sisters lent the company money during the Great Depression, which enabled it... Continue Reading →

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