I had a nightmare last night where I lost all my keys. This brought to
mind, what did people do to secure their doors before locks and keys were
invented (by Yale?)? The rich of course had guards. Poor people like me
watch dogs? And before dogs were invented, guard T-Rexes? Or just trusted
all their honest fellow human beings?
Often I still leave door unlocked or leave things outside overnight, etc.
My neighborhood is pretty secure. Dead end Cul-de-Sac would be thieves
have one way in and out only, so they are not interested coming here.
We never locked the house on the family farm in the hills of Northeast
Alabamastan until the late 60's, early 70's when criminals from the
suburbs spread out into the rural areas for easy pickings. One neighbor
was at work at the plant in the city when thieves backed a truck up to
his house and emptied it. If Dad came home from the factory and saw his
plow was missing, he called Farmer Fred and asked if he had borrowed the
plow and he said yes then Dad asked if he could borrow Fred's cultivator
and Fred said sure, any time. The farmers loaned each other stuff all
the time and would often forget who it was loaned to requiring them to
call around. ^_^
My late mother, a WWII vet like my late father was born and raised in
Brooklyn, NY, Dad was from North Alabamastan and I remember a family
visit to New York in 1957, we flew up there from Atlanta on a Lockheed
Constellation, the 3 tailed 4 propeller engined plane. I remember seeing
the blue exhaust flames from the engined flickering over the wings on
our night flight. I thought it was a so exciting and amazing experience.
I imagine Brooklyn demographics has changed quite a lot since my mom's
childhood in the 1920 and the time we visited in the late 1950's. A
chart of the changes to the area demographics over my mother's lifetime
would be quite interesting. Mom was 90 when she died. ^_^
although truthfully I don't remember anyone being obsessive about it.
However my folks used to rent a cottage on "the river" (about 1/2 hr
from home) and we stayed there during the summer. There was a small
group of 10 rental cottages and I don't think anyone ever locked those
door. I can remember there were men who delivered milk and bakery items,
and if we weren't home, they would come in through the kitchen door and
put the dairy products in the refrigerator. The closest we came to
locking a door most of the time was a small hook and eye type of lock my
dad put on the screen door with a small chain on it, so that the dog
couldn't get out, but anyone with opposable thumbs could reach in and
Locks have been around since the Romans but for most people, a lock
would have been their most valuable asset if they could afford one.
OTOH I have not had a house key for over 40 years. I have a
combination lock on my front door. My daughter didn't have a key until
she went to college.
On 10/26/2013 11:50 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Long before them, too...the Egyptians key pin lock is essentially the
idea of the current Yale-type lock (or, vice-versa, more
chronologically). Other lock(s?) predating those have been found in
ruins of Nineveh in ancient Assyria.
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