Medeco Turns 50

2018-10-21T15:33:59-04:00 October 22nd, 2018|All, High Security, History, Industry|

On Saturday, Medeco celebrated 50 years in business with a large party at their Salem, Virginia headquarters. I was lucky enough to be there. Before I discuss the celebration, let me stress how beautiful of a place Salem and the Roanoke Valley is. I took these pictures from Medeco's parking [...]

Patents That Shaped American Locksmithing, Part 3: Walter R. Schlage’s Cylindrical Lock

2018-10-14T10:08:09-04:00 March 12th, 2018|All, Cylindrical and Tubular, History, Locks|

Patent Number: 1,674,841 (Google Patents) Filing Date: August 20, 1923 Issue Date: June 26, 1928 Inventor(s): Walter R. Schlage Background I would personally consider the 19th century as the "golden era" of lock innovation and discovery. The first half of the century, or at least a large portion [...]

Patents That Shaped American Locksmithing, Part 2: Frank Ellison Best’s Interchangeable Core

2018-10-14T10:04:54-04:00 February 19th, 2018|All, Cores and Cylinders, History, Locks|

Patent Number: 1,561,771 (Google Patents) Filing Date: March 18, 1922 Issue Date: November 17, 1925 Inventor(s): Frank E. Best Background Frank Ellison Best was a high school custodian for a large high school in Washington state (incorrect, see update below). His key ring reportedly carried upwards of 100 keys, one for virtually [...]