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Here’s how locks changed over the years

Team StoryWeavers|January 31, 2020| 118

One day, on her way back home from school, eight-year-old Simran found a unique stone on the roadside – an oval-shaped purple colour stone covered in mud. Immediately, she picked it up and wiped off the mud, and out came a genie!

Simran squealed, “It’s a magic stone!” She carefully put in her bag and walked home. Deciding on testing the stone again that night, she kept it safely inside her drawer in the study. That night, Simran patiently waited for her parents to go to bed. Once everyone was asleep, she tiptoed into her study and slowly opened the drawer. 

And the stone was gone! 

Where did it go? Who took it? Was it her friend Geeta, who always fish into her drawer for chocolates and crayons? If only Simran had locked her drawer? 

That night Simran learned two valuable lessons – to be extra careful with her valuables and to always lock her cupboards and drawers. But was there always a set of locks to keep valuable things safe? Who invented them? How have they evolved?

This month, in #TheEvolutionofEverything, let’s look at the evolution of locks.

The Assyrians were ahead of their time when it came to locks. They invented the prototype of the pin tumbler wooden lock 4000 years ago. The world’s first key was discovered in the palace of Khorsabad. Then, the Egyptians replaced the wooden structure of the lock with brass. They began the practice of locking their houses. Though this relatively secure mechanism spread across the ancient world, it failed to impress the west. 

The Romans went a step ahead and made locks with metals. This helped them make locks and keys in intricate shapes. This also gave birth to the trend of wearing keys as lockets and rings! It was a fashion among the wealthy to flaunt their riches by wearing ornamental keys.

During the middle ages, the trend of lock picking became fairly common. As a result, the design of the lock and key became more and more complex. Some European countries made strict rules for locksmiths that keys could only be made in daylight. 

In 1784, an English inventor and locksmith Joseph Bramah came up with a pick-proof lock. This was a huge hit in Britain, only to be challenged by English lock and safe manufacturer Jeremiah Chubb. He designed locks with the unique feature of locks getting jammed when opened with the wrong key. 

In 1865, American lock manufacturer Linus Yale Jr. came up with the idea of locks attached to the door. Perhaps, the most significant change in the design of the modern key was patented by him. As a result, the keys became much smaller and thinner.

Then came the age(1950s) of electronic keys. Used wisely in hotels, offices, and universities, some keys rely on biometric scans of retinas and thumbprints. Using Bluetooth radio and touch sensors, keys have been replaced by smartphones! These locks still have a physical key for emergencies. Designed in ways that have made it almost impossible to hack, this technology has made it possible to have the same digital key to different locks.

Locks are considered to be one of the most genius innovations man has ever created. Though there have been many variations in the style, design, and mechanism of locks, you may still find doors in rural India using the traditional kundi locks. 

Tell us below in the comments if you know of any other type of locks.

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January 31, 2020

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January 31, 2020

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January 31, 2020

A great journey


Vaibhav Dattatray Borhade

January 31, 2020

Thank you so much for this information


Nirvaira

January 31, 2020

Woah………..?????????? what if she
Did lock her door study table it would be safe and sound
She could be very rich?????


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January 31, 2020

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Hashika

January 31, 2020

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January 31, 2020

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January 31, 2020

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January 31, 2020

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January 31, 2020

Wow! What an amazing journey of locks.


Seema

January 31, 2020

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Too much interesting.


Harshit

January 31, 2020

Amazing


Chirag

January 31, 2020

The new type of lock is voice lock


Gauri Patil

January 31, 2020

Nice information about the locks from ancient times to uptil now. The modern lock i.e.fingerprint sensor and face un


Vihaan Malik

January 31, 2020

Very good I like the evaluation of locks.


Poojha

January 31, 2020

Thank you byjus for showing us a history of lock really very intresting


Devanshi Das

January 31, 2020

I got to know a lot more about locks.I only knew about the locks that we have now in our generation.Thank you for sending this.I really liked everything about locks.


vinushree c

January 31, 2020

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are welcome. Looking forward for more such information.


Rayan

January 31, 2020

You forgot to mention ancient locks in Indian temples and palaces….


Keerthana

February 1, 2020

Thank you to BYJUS to know about this for us


Nandita Gupta

February 1, 2020

Tell us the evolution of clothing.
It is also an interesting topic.
Please share with us…☺️☺️


Chinmaya Nayak

February 1, 2020

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Aditya Narayan Mazumder

February 1, 2020

What a History !
Thank you Byjus for this wonderful history of keys


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February 1, 2020

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February 1, 2020

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About it

Thanks byjus


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February 1, 2020

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February 1, 2020

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February 1, 2020

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February 1, 2020

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February 1, 2020

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February 1, 2020

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S. SRI PRANAV KARTHICK

February 1, 2020

IT IS A VERY INTERESTING STORY OF WOOD TO METAL LOCKS . THANK YOU BYJUS FOR SENDING THIS USEFUL MESSAGE TO ME .
AND WAIT FOR THE NEXT GENERATION LOCK.


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February 1, 2020

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February 1, 2020

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February 1, 2020

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February 1, 2020

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February 1, 2020

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I didn’t even know that locks too carried a greatest history.


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February 1, 2020

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February 1, 2020

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February 1, 2020

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February 1, 2020

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February 2, 2020

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February 2, 2020

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February 2, 2020

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February 2, 2020

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Thank you BYJU’S


Banjyotsna Baishya

February 2, 2020

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Dhiraj Narayan Patil

February 2, 2020

I also saw many types of ancient locks on tv show OMG YEH MERA INDIA


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February 2, 2020

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February 2, 2020

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February 2, 2020

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Ridhim verma

February 2, 2020

From this lesson I learn that when anything
Keep in are cupboard. We have to lock our
Cupboard


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February 2, 2020

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February 2, 2020

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February 2, 2020

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February 2, 2020

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February 2, 2020

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February 2, 2020

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February 2, 2020

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February 2, 2020

Please tell us about evolution of computer storage systems next month.?


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February 2, 2020

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February 2, 2020

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Information. The story is quite interesting and boasts the importance of keeping our belongings property.


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February 3, 2020

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February 3, 2020

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February 3, 2020

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February 3, 2020

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February 3, 2020

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February 3, 2020

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February 3, 2020

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February 3, 2020

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February 3, 2020

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February 4, 2020

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February 4, 2020

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February 4, 2020

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February 5, 2020

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February 6, 2020

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February 6, 2020

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February 6, 2020

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February 6, 2020

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February 7, 2020

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February 7, 2020

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February 7, 2020

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February 8, 2020

Good for us to known about keys. Thanks byju’s team.???


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February 8, 2020

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Nishtha Khandelwal

February 9, 2020

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Ch Monika sai

February 9, 2020

I never expected that lock’s are made from ancient people


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February 9, 2020

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February 9, 2020

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February 9, 2020

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February 9, 2020

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February 10, 2020

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February 10, 2020

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February 11, 2020

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February 13, 2020

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February 14, 2020

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February 18, 2020

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February 18, 2020

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February 22, 2020

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February 26, 2020

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February 26, 2020

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February 27, 2020

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February 29, 2020

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March 2, 2020

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March 7, 2020

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March 8, 2020

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March 15, 2020

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March 30, 2020

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April 4, 2020

Awesome!!!


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April 9, 2020

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April 9, 2020

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April 13, 2020

very interesting information it is something new for me.


palash bhatt

April 17, 2020

thanks for the great journey of lock and keys


Shabina

April 23, 2020

Thanks to byjus


Pratyush

May 25, 2020

A very good explanation about locks and keys

Thanks


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June 1, 2020

U are correct


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