Old Keys, Reynolds Metals Company, McCook, Illinois
Can’t recall exactly when we found these old keys, but I’m pretty sure these came from the recent basement cleaning. I think we found them on top of some old duct work – and it seemed like someone had just set these there, and plumb forgot about them.
The keys run an interesting span – some look like normal keys, but there are a few that look to operate some kind of machinery (or perhaps fit a file cabinet or old school desk). There is also a medallion that speaks to the owner. The text is a little hard to read, but the best I can make out is:
JOHN G. TRASK
Along the perimeter of the medallion, there is the text: Reynolds Metal Company – McCook, Illinois.
I’ve done just a bit of digging, but haven’t been able to uncover much about the company beyond the fact that it eventually became Reynolds Grop Holdings (and was later acquired by Alcoa in 2000). And yes, these are the same guys who make Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil.
If I had my guess, I’d say these keys are from the 50’s or 60’s, and in the neighborhood of 50+ years old. I’m delighted by the fact that someone simply *lost* them in the basement, where they’ve sat all these many years… only to be found by us, decades later.
I don’t know if these belonged to someone that worked on the basement, or if they belonged to one of the prior owners of the house. In either event, these keys feel like part of the house now to me. I’m not sure what we’re going to do with them, but I can’t imagine throwing these away.