Tuesday, September 28, 2010

ABC Wednesday : The Letter K


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


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


  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.

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

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

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

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

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

  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


  8. Interesting K facts and photos! Very nice!

  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!

  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.

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