|[NS-L] Obit: Frederick George Creed-1958|
|"Carolyn Wallace" <email@example.com> on 05/08/2005|
Source: Private scrapbook
Date: 1958 only
Frederick George Creed, who as a boy fished the streams of his native
N.S. Native Dies, Noted As Inventor
Nova Scotia and as a young man gave to the world the first automatic
communications system--the "Creed printer"- died Wednesday in London, it was
Mr. Creed, born 86 years ago in Mill Village, Queens County started a
career in communications at the age of 15 as a messanger with the Commercial
Cable Company and at 27 he perfected the Creed telegraph system which
revolutionized communications in the British Isles. It increased the flow of
news to newspapers and today is in use throughout the world for the
transmission of messages and news.
Mr. Creed's project first attracted his attention while he was a boy in
Nova Scotia. Assigned to a South American position with the All-American
Telegraph Company he toiled on the project there. A typewriter he took with
him from Nova Scotia figured in the invention, serving as a pattern for the
keyboard of his automatic transmitters.
In 1897 he moved to Britain and in Glasgow, Scotland, he operated a small
bicycle repair shop to earn a living while he was trying to attract the
attention of powerful interests in his invention. Eventually he was
successful and the "printer" was installed for the first time in London in
His brother, the late Jason Creed, introduced the Creed telegraph system
to Canada and the United States.
When he was about seven years old, his father, John Richard Creed, moved
his family to Canso, where Frederick Creed was employed as a messenger boy
with the Commercial Cable Company. He returned to Mill Village to attend
school, and was introduced to woods lore by a teacher there. His interest in
outdoor life took him fishing in the Medway River and in many streams in the
He moved to Britain, but his continuing interest in Nova Scotia brought
him back to the province in 1929, when he spent three months at Mill
Village, recovering from a serious illness.
Mr. Creed's invention increased in popularity to become the backbone of
news wire services and commercial communication systems. One of the earliest
users of the system was the British Post Office.
Mr. Creed married twice. His first wife died in 1945 after 50 years of
marriage. He was married again when he was 76.
Mr. Creed was an ardent temperance advocate and chairman of the "strength
of Britain" movement. He and Lady Astor started a movement to introduce
prohibition in England in 1925. During the war he was consultant to the
admiralty on small ship design. The freedom of the city of London was
conferred on him in January of this year.
In 1919 he patented the seadrome, a service of floating platforms to
facilitate trans-oceanic plane flights. He suggested that the seadromes be
placed 300 to 500 miles apart and provide space for planes to be refueled
while crew and passengers rested.
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