From the Collection

Locked Up!

An oversized, tarnished brass key that reads "FOLGER ADAM CO" in engraved text along the top side, photographed flat on a plain white background

With the first year of pandemic behind us, we can reflect on how some of us feel like prisoners in our own homes.   We’re lucky that there hasn’t been a true jail cell lock keeping us there!  Prison cell keys such as this intricate, oversized Folger-Adam (994.16.1) have been in continuous use for over a century. This example from our collection was used to lock the cells in the basement of the Aurora police headquarters in the 1960s, when it was housed in the old 1888 Waterworks building on Yonge, South of Church St.

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