Category Archives: General History

How Did Medeco Get It’s Name?

In the late 1960s, Medeco essentially started the American high-security lock industry with a revolutionary design incorporating angular key cuts and pins paired with a sidebar. Nearly 60 years later, Medeco’s reputation as a premiere high-security lock manufacturer remains and … Continue reading

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Eugene Blount and the Modern Door Closer

On July 9, 1889, Eugene Blount, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, was issued a patent for his “door check” device. Door checks, or what we now call door closers, are a type of door hardware that controls doors, either by closing them … Continue reading

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Lockwood Marches On: Chapter Three, The Lockwood Manufacturing Company 1910 to 1931

Note: The following is a republished excerpt from the Lockwood Hardware Manufacturing Company’s Lockwood – The story of its past, the basis for its future. Published in 1953, and based almost entirely off of literature produced for Lockwood’s 1952 sales … Continue reading

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Lockwood Marches On: Chapter Two, The Lockwood Manufacturing Company 1888 to 1909

Note: The following is a republished excerpt from the Lockwood Hardware Manufacturing Company’s Lockwood – The story of its past, the basis for its future. Published in 1953, and based almost entirely off of literature produced for Lockwood’s 1952 sales … Continue reading

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Lockwood Marches On: Preface and Chapter One, Nashua Lock Company 1834 to 1889

Note: The following is a republished excerpt from the Lockwood Hardware Manufacturing Company’s Lockwood – The story of its past, the basis for its future. Published in 1953, and based almost entirely off of literature produced for Lockwood’s 1952 sales … Continue reading

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How did ASSA and ABLOY get their names?

ASSA August Stenman, son of master craftsman Frans August Stenman, purchased the Thunell hinge manufacturing factory in Eskilstuna, Sweden in 1881 and created a new company, August Stenman AB, in the process. The new company was quite successful in developing … Continue reading

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Did Jack Daniel really die after kicking his safe?

Born in Lynchburg, Tennessee, in either 1846, 1849, or 1850, Jasper Newton Daniel, better known as Jack Daniel, was a distiller who created the iconic Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey brand. One of the most notorious stories associated with Jack is … Continue reading

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How did DORMA, Kaba, and dormakaba get their names?

DORMA On July 1, 1908, Dörken & Mankel KG was founded by Rudolf Mankel and his brother-in-law, Wilhelm Dörken in Ennepetal, Germany. The new company thrived from the very start and in 1913 they broke ground on a one-million plus … Continue reading

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