Richard Ulram

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Richard Ulram
Richard Ulram and his Perpetual Motion Machine (c. 1924).jpg

Ulram and the Perpetual Motion Machine (c. 1924)

Born 21 August 1874(1874-08-21)
Vienna, Austria-Hungary
Died 26 February 1947 (72)
New Jersey
Nationality Austrian; American (nat. 1917)[1]
Known for Claims to have invented a perpetual motion machine

Richard Ulram (August 21, 1874 - February 26, 1947) was an Austrian-born entrepreneur and inventor who claimed to have designed a perpetual motion machine, selling stock in his Perpetual Motion, Power, Heat & Light Co. to finance its development and implementation. In his later life, Ulram founded a religious group he called the Society of Paradiseism, though it is unclear that it boasted any membership outside of Ulram himself.

NO MORE COAL. Promotional photo for Perpetual Motion, Power, Heat & Light Co.

Perpetual Motion, Power, Heat & Light Co.

Ulram's company was first founded at Detroit, Michigan in around 1916, and shortly thereafter relocated to New Jersey. From his residence/office at 107 Roadroad Ave. in Jersey City, Ulram gave demonstrations of his model for a perpetual motion machine, "the world's greatest invention," and solicited people to buy stock in his company, making his preliminary offering at 10 cents a share (against a par value of $100, the company being capitalised at $25 million, so 250,000 shares made available). It is unclear how long efforts to promote the company continued, but he had converted his office into a barber shop by the early 1930s, offering haircuts at 10 cents a chop, which would became a violation of price regulations passed in 1933 that set the minimum to 50 cents, drawing Ulram into a legal fight with New Jersey officials and the National Recovery Administration.[2][3]

Promotional Poetry

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Press Coverage

Selected Bibliography

  • Ulram, Richard (1940), The Emissary; The Key to Heaven. Final Eternal Facts of God in Actuality Versus Satanic-Inspired Falsehood (Religion), Jersey City, N.J.: Society of Paradiseism