Tuesday, September 28, 2010

ABC Wednesday : The Letter K


Key


While the Egyptians may have invented the earliest mechanically lock—4000 years ago— which was a forerunner of modern pin-tumblers, it was the Romans who were the earliest people to use a metal mechanical lock and key.


Key Chain


Fredrerick J. Loudin was the inventor of the keychain. "January 8, 1894 - Fredrick J. Loudin was issued a U.S. patent for a "Key Fastener",
an early anti-theft device."


Frederick J. Loudin

12 comments:

  1. Interesting post for the K Day! I always enjoy learning some history! Hope your week is going well!

    Sylvia

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  2. Why is it, so often when you want your keys, they have been misplaced? I got so tired of looking for my keys, that years ago I started to hang them on a keyholder behind my door, now I have no trouble finding them, well most of the time. Nice K day post.

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  3. of course, if everyone were honest, they'd be unnecessary!

    i hate keys; lose 'em all the time.
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  4. Keys: loaded with meanings, both literal and figurative. Great post. :-)

    My ABC Wednesday Post

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  5. Fascinating information here! Love the photo! Have a wonderful week. :D

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  6. Love your photos, and the history of the keys and key chain ~ Very interesting.

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  7. When I was in college, I told my friends that one of the things I won't forget--- keys. They suddenly showed shock on their faces, with a mix of intrigue. Then I opened my backpack and showed them my house keys, and they all said... "oooooohhhh....". They all thought they heard me say "KISS"!!! Hahaha! :D

    ---vaneni--
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  8. Interesting K facts and photos! Very nice!

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  9. Keys...something we take for granted and never think about how they came to be. Thanks for cluing us in on the early invention of Keys!

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  10. Interesting K post. Apparently there was enough to say about keys for my grandfather to write a tome titled "Locks and keys throughout the ages", published 1957.

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  11. I dont know what those ancient mechanical lock looks like though. But pretty impressive for them to invent such thing.
    Painters Markham

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