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In addition to the larger pieces posted to this blog and the papers and reseach recaps on my research page, I used to write up critiques of lockpicking in popular media on the TV Picking Quora Blog and I maintain a newsletter via Tiny Letter. Originally it was weekly, but it has transitioned into a "whenever inspiration strikes" time scale. For a treasure hunt of all sorts of content I have scattered throughout the internet, feel free to dig into the "Elsewhere" links to the left. Thanks for dropping in, and feel free to drop me a line if you ever want to talk locks!


X-Locks: Early Returns

The patent office fire of 1836 wasn't a complete loss. In the years following the disaster many patents were recovered in some form or another. The lock patents specifically had only a handful of documents recovered, but those partial records are giving this project a great head start. The Cambells of Charlsetown, MA were lucky enough to have both a drawing and a description of their lock… [read more →]


The Kroekel Boys

It seems very appropriate to kick off this blog with an overview of one of the earliest finds I made when I first turned my attention to the history of security. While doing some fairly broad investigation of the aftermath of the Great Lock Controversy of 1851 I came across an article on Charles Kroekel, a young lockpicker from Egg Harbor City, NJ, who had a few minutes of fame when he escaped… [read more →]