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Famous Locksmiths of the Past

Famous Locksmiths of the Past

Becoming a locksmith requires extensive training. For many, it can take years to truly master the art. In today’s fast paced world, where lock picking tools are more easily acquired and internet tutorials abound, people sometimes forget the mystique surrounding the proud tradition of the locksmith. The history of locks encompasses a great many incredible personalities, from infamous magicians and inventors to French royalty. At QuickPro Locksmith, we provide high quality commercial and residential locksmith services for customers in Atlanta, Chamblee, Tucker, Dunwoody, Norcross, Decatur, Stone Mountain, Georgia and other surrounding metro area communities. We are proud of the rich history of locksmiths, a skill that was developed as far back as ancient Egypt and China. Here are just a few of those past locksmith masters who have built the foundation that today’s certified locksmiths now stand on. 

King Louis XVI (1754 – 1793)

While it may not be his most recognized quality, King Louis XVI was an avid fan of carpentry and metalworking. He employed the services of a friend Francois Gamain and learned how to make locks. Louis was known to spend hours creating intricately detailed locks. 

Robert Barron (1700s)

In 1778, Robert Barron revolutionized locks by creating the double tumbler lock. This new style provided much higher security against break ins and lock picking and there are many models of double tumbler locks still in use today. 

Jeremiah Chubb (1800’s)

Chubb created a new detector lock that required the use of six levers in 1818. His locks became very popular in the 19th century and he made a substantial fortune manufacturing them.  

Harry Houdini (1874 – 1926)

Houdini is known best for his ability to entertain large crowds with magical feats. Among his arsenal of parlor tricks was his incredible power to escape any locked confined space. He mastered lock picking to a miraculous degree, practicing methods for unlocking secure padlocks when he was bound, hanging upside down or inside a tank full of water. 

Harry Soref (1887 – 1957)

Before Soref’s time, padlocks were relatively easy to break into. The low-quality metals and wood often used to manufacture them made it simple for almost anyone with criminal intent to steal property. However, during his service in World War II, he used his training as a locksmith to create state of the art padlocks that were engineered to work similar to bank vaults. By scaling down the mechanisms, he made the first truly high security padlock available to the masses. He would eventually go on to create one of the most successful lock companies ever created – Master Lock.

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