Category Archives: York Safe & Lock

York Safe expert to tell about storage of valuables and the value of a ‘real safe’

Fred Beihl is known to YorkTownSquare.com readers because of his expertise about York safes made by Forry Laucks’ York Safe & Lock for decades before World War II. He’ll be talking about those safes plus others in a presentation to the Stewartstown-Shrewsbury Coin Club from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Mason Dixon Public Library in Stewartstown. His presentation will include ‘the storage of valuables and the benefits of real safes vs. department store gun safes.’ He supplied this photo of a 2,000-pound Boston Safe, which must be the first photo on this blog of a safe that wasn’t a York-made safe. So Fred Beihl, also a coin dealer and auctioneer, knows safes of all stock – not just those sturdy vaults made by York Safe & Lock!

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Floorola shifted in World War II from waxing floors to scrubbing Axis foes, Part II

This was Floorola Products Inc., Maryland Avenue manufacturing plant in February 1942. A Office of War Information photographer visited York, Pa., to show how manufacturers were converting to defense work, just three months after Pearl Harbor.

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Codorus Creek had swinging bridge, but ‘You couldn’t swing it much’

‘We kids would go up there on that swinging bridge in the summertime and, in between working hours, we’d dive off of the bridge into the creek or we’d make it swing. You couldn’t swing it much, but a little bit. We had great times there at that swinging bridge.’ Late in life, Raymond Sechrist provided these boyhood recollections of this swinging bridge.This tightly bound span provided a short cut for workers walking from North York to York Safe & Lock and back.

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Utility poles moved for this slow-moving York, Pa., monster

Still on the artist Cliff Satterthwaite beat. He keeps sending in these interesting scenes documenting York County, Pa., circa 1960s and 1970s. This one shows a large piece of equipment passing through York County on its way to Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station in the county’s southeastern corner. The artist noticed that utility poles had to be moved to accommodate this slow-moving monster, circa 1965.

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This Harley mystery motorcycle, off the beaten path, is seen by thousands

Harley-Davidson motorcycles are on display around York County, Pa., where they’re assembled. But few get more looks from the public than this one. Interestingly, many York countians might never have seen this particular cycle. Can you locate it?

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You just don’t see buckaroos in York County, Pa., every day. But you do on Labor Day

The Wild West reaches the York County Northwest? Yes, it’s a rite of Labor Day weekend up there in Wellsville Pa.. The rodeo at Wellsville Frontier Days, operating since 1961, is an organization for people who love horses and equine activities.

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York Safe & Lock: How do you move an 800-pound safe?

York Safe & Lock, out of business at least by that name since World War II, draws attention around the world. So when auctioneer and collector Fred Beihl of Stewartstown sends in info about those sturdy vaults, I know people are interested in seeing it. Here is a safe that Fred picked up near York Hospital and transported it to Stewartstown.

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York Safe & Lock: If you have a locked safe, how do you get it open?

Auctioneer and appraiser answers two questions about York Safe & Lock safes: How do I open a locked safe and how do I find the combination to a safe.

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York Safe & Lock: How can I find information on my York-made safe?

York County auctioneer is expert on York Safe & Lock safes, locks and vaults.

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Part II: Linden Avenue interesting mix of residential, industrial

This aerial view shows the Casket Division of York-Hoover Corporation in the late 1950s. Three buildings from the complex at 700 Linden Ave., York, have been renamed Linden Lofts and repurposed to house dozens of apartment units. This complex is … Continue reading

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