John M. Mossman Lock Museum

Location and Building
– The John M. Mossman Lock Collection is housed at the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of the City of New York building.
– The building is located at 20 West 44th Street in midtown Manhattan.
– The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
– The museum is situated on the second floor of the General Society building.
– The museum is open to the public for a fee of $10.

Collection Highlights
– The museum has one of the largest collections of bank and vault locks in the world.
– The collection includes over 370 locks, keys, and tools.
– The locks date from 4000 BC to the modern 20th-century.
– Examples of locks from various cultures such as Egyptian wooden-pin locks and Chinese padlocks are displayed.
– Many of the locks are unique and were custom-made, providing protection for millions in money and securities.

Additional Donations
– Mr. Mossman donated his notes and scrapbooks known as the Mossman Papers.
– The Mossman Papers are a valuable resource for lock studies.
– The publication ‘The Lure of the Lock’ was written in 1928 and describes each lock in the collection.
– The Society offers the publication and a photo CD of the collection for sale.
– Friends and members have donated collections of antebellum curios, rare books, prints, flags, clocks, and medals.

– Lily Kopell’s article in The New York Times highlights the history of laborers who built New York City.
– Albert Allis Hopkins authored ‘The Lure of the Lock,’ a treatise on locks and the Mossman collection.
– Hopkins’ book contains 500 illustrations and was published in 1928.

External Links
– Wikimedia Commons has media related to the John M. Mossman Lock Collection.
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