March 31, 2013
This is another shot from the archives, and is of an antique safe found in the basement of one of the bank branches that I toured on one of my many, many business trips. It's an old Mosler Safe, that you can tell in it's day was just lovely. The sad part is that the combination has long been forgotten, and I couldn't find any dates on it, but would guess it may be from the 1920s to perhaps the 1950s. I'm not really sure. The First State Bank of Rio Grande City, TX was chartered in 1910 and was the first owner of this safe.
According to Wikipedia: In 1859 Charles Diebold, a German immigrant lock repairman, and Fred Bahmann started the "Diebold, Bahmann & Co." manufacturing safes. However, Diebold and Bahman split up and Bahmann formed a new partnership with another immigrant, an Austrian newspaper editor this time, named Gustav Mosler. Mosler had immigrated to the US in 1849. He engaged in the manufacturing of "cigars" in New York and then Cincinnati until his funds were sufficient to open a lithography business in 1859. He also became a member of the firm od Diebold, Bahmann & Co, in 1859. His energies in managerial and financial abilities were valuable assets to Diebold, Bahmann & Co.
The new company was the "Mosler, Bahmann & Co." Gustav Mosler died in 1874. In 1876 the son's of Gustav Mosler formed the Mosler Safe Company. Fred Bahmann continuing the Mosler-Bahmann Co.
In 1888 the Mosler Safe Co., sued Mosler, Bahmann & Co., over an apparant pat'd infringment, and in 1892 both companies were still listed as manufactures in Cincinnati, Oh.
It was Diebold who had the last laugh, though—in 2001, it purchased the bankrupt Mosler safe company. And, Diebold is still a well known name in the 21st century banking world.
Thanks to everyone for your great comments and suggestion about my photo slump, I'm following several of them and I'm sure I'll 'get my photo groove' back soon thanks to all of you!!!
Have a blessed Easter Sunday.