Safe

There’s a place not far from us that always has a collection of interesting things set out by the front door. When I drive by I become so focused on what is on display that I cannot tell you what the name of the establishment is, whether it is an antique shop, a pawn shop, or whether it might be any other sort of shop for that matter. There have been lawn mowers, a carousel horse (if memory serves me correctly), generators, various pieces of furniture, and even a popcorn machine on one occasion. For several weeks now there has been a large safe moored there, front and center, with its heavy front doors wide apart. Cast into the wheels at its base is the name of the manufacturer, the Marvin Safe Company, New York. An internet search revealed that Marvin Safe did business during the middle of the nineteenth century. Through a series of mergers and acquisitions Marvin became associated with the Diebold company of North Canton, Ohio. Today was the first time I stopped to examine the safe up close. Its details were beautiful. The heavy side doors are embellished with colorful landscapes similar to the circular one on the inside door shown below. I was struck by the care taken and attention paid to manufacturing something that was functional, well made, and pleasing to the eye. Whatever happened to this approach to manufacturing?

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