Vintage masterlock found in Queens garbage pickup job

Above: Demo Guy Breaks Into Bank Vault On Broadway New York

It’s not every day you lock down such a good garbage pickup job that you leave with a find like this vintage masterlock.

I was on a Queens basement cleanout not long ago, when I found three of these Master Cub No. 9 Padlocks in a workbench.


I particularly love all of the branding that covers the box. All of the phrases are funny, and they’re likely ones that you wouldn’t see on a product today. For example, saying that a .75-inch lock is “built like a bank vault door” just doesn’t seem realistic, does it?

Rubbish RemovalThe front says:

Master Cub Padlock

  • Cadmium plated
  • Self locking
  • Riveted under 30,000 pounds pressure


Boys' LIfe

After doing a little online research, I actually found a Boys’ Life magazine ad from 1955 that promotes this exact lock. Boys’ Life magazine, which is the official monthly magazine of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), published its very first issue in 1911 and is still around today with a total circulation of nearly 1.2 million.

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Garbage Disposal


You can see in the padlock ad that it’s completely targeting the 1950s scouts, calling it the “crime-stopper” and the “thief-fooler.” Just below the ad was a small padlock blurb featured as “slide of the month.” It says:

Here’s a slide you can make blindfolded. You need a piece of 1/2” pinewood and an old key. Cement the key in the hold. Apply one coat of shellac and one of aluminum paint.

I love finding vintage items, like this masterlock, on garbage pickup jobs and then uncovering what kind of role it played during the time of its production. What’s even cooler is that these locks are, of course, still used today all across the world.

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~ by DiMolaBros1956 on January 14, 2013.

5 Responses to “Vintage masterlock found in Queens garbage pickup job”

  1. The vintage Master locks along with the historical research on this job site find is a nice look into past American history attitudes and behavior. The advertising alone is a good example of the nore things change, the more they stay the same. I’m sure a lot of vintage lock collectors would like to get their hands on this rare treasure, I know I would!

  2. Good ol’ Master Locks! I still have mine from my h.s. locker . . . (and no, I’m not telling how old it is!) Keep up the interesting posts!

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