York safes durable, beautiful

S. Forry Laucks’ name has appeared in several York Town Square posts, in part, because he was such a player in early 20th century York County.
His legacy includes:
— Harley-Davidson uses part of his York Safe & Lock plant to make motorcycles. That particular plant made Bofors, the main anti-aircraft gun used on Navy ships in World War II. Ask any Navy vet from that era about Bofors.
— His Lauxmont Farm, overlooking the Susquehanna River, is a current point of controversy between those who want to develop parts of it and those who want to turn it into a park.
But that’s not all of his legacy: …


The durable safes his company manufactured can be found in offices and banks around the world.
Not only were the safes well built, but some were ornate. See “Unlocking past beauty:” http://www.ydr.com/newsfull/ci_4242303
Selected York Safe & Lock links:
New Freedom station houses alien safe
York Safe & Lock worker recalls chat with Hedy Lamarr
Hedy Lamarr’s visit to York long remembered
From Bofors to Bikes, Harley plant top hog
Forry Laucks, Lauxmont sparked debates
York-made safes spotted in post-war Tokyo
York Safe restoration ‘once in a lifetime’ project.
York Safe faltered after owner’s death.
All York Safe & Lock posts from the start.
(For multiple posts on York County’s industrial prowess, see this blog’s Made in York category.)

About Jim McClure

Editor of the York Daily Record/Sunday News, ydr.com and its many digital products. East Region Editor, Digital First Media. Journalism/history blogger: yorktownsquare.com. Author or co-author of seven York County, Pa., history books.
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One Response to York safes durable, beautiful

  1. JANE says:

    York Safe & Lock – Tsunami Proof!
    My grandfather earned his apprentice machinist papers from York Safe & Lock in 1924. In the letterhead on the certificate, it was stated “York Safe & Lock, Fire & Burgler Proof”. Well, after a trip to Hilo, Hawaii, I can say they are also tsunami proof! We were touring the downtown and stopped in the Tsunami Museum in Hilo, which happened to be in an old bank. The bank withstood the tsunamis that hit in the 1940’s & 60’s. In the bank, we were directed to view a film about the two tsunamis – right into the vault! Imagine our surprise & enjoyment when we saw the familiar York Safe name – from our home town. They sure made em good.

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