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Under Lock & Key (to Safety)

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Old keys, Photo by JMorton

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Key, Photo by JMorton

Under Lock & Key (to Safety)

We have a really lovely sideboard, in which I’ve stored all my chinas: plates, my lazy Susan, cups and saucers, my special dinner wares.  I thought because they are for special occasion, I should store them under lock and key.  Well, that was the idea.  The problem now is that they are so safe, I can’t get to them, no one can get to them.  The key won’t unlock the cupboard anymore.

I don’t really want to force open the sideboard because it is an antique, really beautiful; I don’t want to damage it.  It has been with Peter’s family, before I was even born and that was a very long time ago. eeckk 🙂

Anyway with this problem in mind, I got to thinking (as one does) how keys and locks have evolved.

I know that in ancient time, people would bury or leave their valuables in special places such as caves, under a tree, by the riverbank, or obvious landmarks, etc. (Actually, our canine does this. He would bury his dog bones for later use. 🙂 )

The Egyptians and the Chinese used complicated wooden bolts as early as 2000BC.

And then of course  Europe started using wooden chests to hide their valuables.  The wooden chest graduated into a strong box, and then to the use of safe.

It was Linus Yale, Junior,  an American, who developed a lock based on the early Egyptian principle of pin tumblers, the kind of lock that we still use today.

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I think, like me, Benjamin Franklin had a problem with  one of his keys and it had become rather redundant as it would not opened the furniture it was supposed to unlock.  Ergo he used that key to conduct his now famous experiment of attaching a key to a kite, which he flew during a thunderstorm.  The key was electrified, thus he invented the lightning conductor.

Keys are also used as a coming of age gift.  When my son turned 13, under much pomp and ceremony, he got his first set of house keys, which he promptly lost.   🙁

Apparently ancient Rome used to have this tradition of giving the keys for the household to new brides.

 

Quoting Benjamin Franklin

Did you know?

Benjamin Franklin was one of the 56 men who signed America’s Declaration of Independence.

Benjamin Franklin is widely known to be the only President of the United States who was never a President of United States.  Meaning his reputation as a statesman is such that everyone thought he was once a president but sadly he was not.

Benjamin Franklin was the 15th amongst the 17th children his parents begot – big family.

Benjamin Franklin apparently brought to the USA the first bathtub in 1790.  It was from France and made of copper.  The tub was in a shape of a shoe and still very rudimentary.  It doesn’t have the taps for ready hot and cold water.  Everything was brought from another source manually.   Be that as it may, Benjamin Franklin loved his bathtub so much that he spent a great deal of time on it whilst reading and writing. 😉

 

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A child thinks twenty shillings and twenty years can scarce ever be spent.
– Benjamin Franklin

A good conscience is a continual Christmas.
—Franklin

Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one.
– Benjamin Franklin

A single man has not nearly the value he would have in a state of union.  He is an incomplete animal.  He resembles the odd half of a pair of scissors.
– Benjamin Franklin
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Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
– Benjamin Franklin
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Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
– Benjamin Franklin
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“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
– Benjamin Franklin
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Creditors have better memories than debtors
-Benjamin Franklin
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“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing”
Benjamin Franklin
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“Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature.”
– Benjamin Franklin
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God heals, and the doctor takes the fees.
– Franklin

Fish and visitors stink after three days.
– Benjamin Franklin

He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.
– Benjamin Franklin

He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.
– Benjamin Franklin

He that waits upon fortune is never sure of a dinner.
~Benjamin Franklin

If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some.
– Benjamin Franklin

If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.
– Benjamin Franklin

If we are industrious, we shall never starve; for, at the workingman’s house hunger looks in, but dares not enter. Nor will the bailiff or the constable enter, for industry pays debts, while despair increaseth them.
Franklin.

In general, mankind, since the improvement of cookery, eat about twice as much as nature requires.
—Franklin

Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half-shut afterwards.
– Benjamin Franklin

Laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes him.
~Benjamin Franklin

Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.
– Benjamin Franklin

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Necessity never made a good bargain.
– Benjamin Franklin

Nothing gives an author so much pleasure as to find his works respectfully quoted by other learned authors.
– Benjamin Franklin

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Some are weather-wise, some are otherwise.
– Benjamin Franklin

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The way to wealth is as plain as the way to market. It depends chiefly on two words, industry and frugality: that is, waste neither time nor money, but make the best use of both. Without industry and frugality nothing will do, and with them everything.
—Franklin.
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The world is full of fools and faint hearts; and yet everyone has courage enough to bear the misfortunes , and wisdom enough to manage the affairs of his neighbor.
~Benjamin Franklin

There is a difference between imitating a good man and counterfeiting him.
– Benjamin Franklin
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There never was a good war or a bad peace.
– Benjamin Franklin
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There was never a good war or a bad war.
– Benjamin Franklin
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There are three things that are extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self.
– Benjamin Franklin
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There are three faithful friends: an old wife, and old dog, and ready money.
– Franklin

“Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.”
Benjamin Franklin
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Watch the little things; a small leak will sink a great ship.
– Benjamin Franklin

Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.
– Benjamin Franklin
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Well done is better than well said.
~Benjamin Franklin
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