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No 35...

By martinjp
A lock removed from an old works entrance... The lock was hanging off a wooden post, upended railway sleeper. Obvoiusly my curiosity got the better of me and I had to search for some information regarding this most unique find... My office staff thought I was mad as I brought this rusting clump of steel into our offices!!!. It was taken to the workshop where the brass plate was cleaned up! revealing number 35 and endorsed with the lockmakers name, being. Samuel Parker and Sons, of Willenhall, This led me to google where I managed to find out that the lock was "in-fact" Number 35 made by them!!! it was made in 1927 and sold to the Mold Tin Plate Company, the predecessors of our site... The Parker family are also well known, being the founder companies of Locksmiths known today, Chubb, Union and Yale, the most famous... V1 is the front, whilst V2 is the rear...

With this upload I will leave the EPZ family... I will call in from time to time and cast a vote. I feel the site is losing "it's appeal"... For me this was a voting, critique, banter site... Yet nobody seems to vote anymore, or it may just be that my images aren't worthy of votes, lol...

Thanks for my clicks and comments for all of my previous uploads, everyone genuinely appreciated...

Kind Ragards all,

Tags: General Lock 1927 Samuel Parker

Voters: stuart1963, barbarahirst, woolybill1 and 27 more

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stuart1963 9 272 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2012 3:10PM
very worthy,gets my vote MartinSmile
martinjp 12 2 3 England
30 Aug 2012 3:11PM
appreciated Phil...Wink
barbarahirst 12 27 12 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2012 3:13PM

please dont go!
SlowSong Plus
12 9.7k 30 England
30 Aug 2012 3:23PM
I do like the background used. Very suitable.
martinjp 12 2 3 England
30 Aug 2012 3:26PM
Thanks Chris, its the inside of a cardbord box...Wink, just thought it would add extra texture.Wink
woolybill1 Plus
14 37 78 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2012 3:28PM
I noticed immediately in the thumbnail that, when seen very small, the staple resembles the claw on a rather aggressive but rusty crab!
When reversed (V2) a tragic face appears on the body of the lock, like a circus clown weeping.
The whole padlock is remarkably beautiful and the background information fascinating.

I'm so sorry to read that you're leaving us, Martin, even if the break is incomplete. I find I am communicating less and less with other members, except for a handful or two: the active membership has grown unwieldy, I look at more and more images every day and find less and less to say, even on my Connections' photos. A glib comment I find worse than no comment at all. As the man said, So it goes.

I for one will miss you.

CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
30 Aug 2012 3:40PM
So sorry to hear you are leaving us, Martin, things change, not always for the better, but it's sad that the appeal of ePZ has waned for you. I do hope you will re-consider, but you must do what you feel is right for you. Carol
Lillian Plus
11 23 17 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2012 3:51PM
Yes Martin, it will be a shame to see you go
but maybe after awhile you may be back hopefully
I decided that I put on photographs that appeal to me now...and hope that some will hopefully
appeal to others, and have made many friends now too
I like the textures you have on this and going for the
lovely colours captured and so well presented
good luck in whatever you do next with your photos, and just enjoy!Smile
Good capture Martin great detail very well captured, and I found the intro very interesting good for you to look up where it came from , you did and now we have. Come back soon better still stay......and be part of the rust

mikbee 14 3 8 Scotland
30 Aug 2012 4:45PM
Sorry to hear you are leaving Martin,
and fine ''farewell'' shots too.
We all have different reasons for being on the site,
and it is fair comment that you are not finding it worthwhile anymore.
You will probably know I am on here for the ''banter''.
If for example I got an e-mail from the ''powers that be'' saying I MUST
take the site more seriously,then I too would probably leave !!
Haste yeh back !!
EAS 12 1 13 Scotland
30 Aug 2012 5:23PM
Some excellent info thanks to your research and great textures in both images. Sad to see you are heading off but as I too am not over inspired by the site at the moment, you may well have company, all be it at a distance!! Take care and continue with your great images regardless. Best wishes to Bev.

carper123 Plus
9 1.3k 8 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2012 5:43PM
Hi Martin, i am a relativley new member and i have enjoyed seeing your work and will be sad to see you leave. If the site was better in the past, i wish i had been a member earlier.
To date, the members i have encountered since joining have been amazing.
Good luck anyway.
Darryl. SmileSmileSmile
Ps, Great record shots of the lock, a real piece of history and well explained. The rust boys will luv it.Wink
susanbarton 13 11 1 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2012 5:51PM
I love the time and trouble you went to to find out about the lock well worth it amazing what you can Google! Bet you can't stay away for long Tongue This site is adictive even if you take the occasional break WinkWinkYou will be missed

Roly 14 Wales
30 Aug 2012 7:13PM
Interesting image Martin and some good info too. I also don't like this site much anymore, I prefer Flickr nowadays. Take care and don't forget to visit the Tin Shed next time you are in Laugharne Wink

martinjp 12 2 3 England
30 Aug 2012 8:52PM
Cheers Roly, next month I'm back... If your around Laugharne i'll buy you a beer!!!😉
Irishkate Plus
10 45 121 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2012 9:02PM
Great images of the lock backed up wih your research.
As a newish member I find I learn a lot on the site.
it is very time consuming voting for all those I've chosen to connect to
and other images I like when I've time to view.
Can't compare what it was like before but the knowledge learned is worth it for me.
canonfan 11 7 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2012 11:21PM
Fantastic images Martin. Sorry to learn that your leaving the site. I too have noticed that a lot of members on here with the exceptions of a dedicated few do not bother to vote on other photographs. Come back soon
pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2223 United Kingdom
31 Aug 2012 8:34PM
You will be missed, Martin. I hate goodbyes.
10/10 for your research on this old lock, I love mysteries, but love them better when they're solved.
Ray42 13 3 England
4 Sep 2012 7:46AM
A good bit of detective work and shot -
Quote:I hate goodbyes.
- me too
brownsilent 14 7 2 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2012 5:53PM
I myself have been away allmost all the summer because of family problems, but it still makes me sad to read that you leave epz - I hope it is just a break and you'll be back someday. I always appreciated your comments.
Please don't go for good.

PS. With all this I forgot to say, that these are two very well detailed images with some good textures.
A Booth 19 11 4 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2012 7:37PM
interesting subject well portrayed, very interesting story.
prabhusinha 13 5 5 India
12 Nov 2012 1:48PM
I will miss U Martin. Yes U r right, but there are people who do not hanker for votes. You are going to leave them too. Please don't lock yourself.

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