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2008.19.101 96 dpi watermarked.jpg
An aerial photograph showing the National Lock Company's massive industrial plant at 1930 7th Street. Founded in 1903, the corporation's complex stretched on 18th Avenue from 7th to 9th streets and on 7th street from 19th to 20th Avenues.

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An aerial view displaying the National Lock Company's six-story plant on 18th Ave. from 7th to 9th Sts. and on 7th St. from 19th to 20th Aves. in Rockford IL. The company, founded in 1903, boasts a tall and distinctive "clock tower" that graces one…

98.15.1a 96 dpi watermarked.jpg
An aerial view displaying the National Lock Company's six-story plant on 18th Ave. from 7th to 9th Sts. and on 7th St. from 19th to 20th Aves. in Rockford IL. The company, founded in 1903, boasts a tall and distinctive "clock tower" that graces one…

2001.29.5 96 dpi watermarked.jpg
A group of nine people huddle with a Christmas tree in the background. On the back of the photograph is handwritten, 'The "Bosses" Lock Co.' Compare this to photos 2001.29.4 and 2001.29.2.

2008.63.3 96 dpi watermarked.jpg
A large group of people, mostly dressed in white, pose before a log cabin. The back of the photograph indicates that these are tool room employees at a National Lock Co. picnic held at SM & SF park. SM & SF stands for "Swedish Music and Sick…

2001.29.4 96 dpi watermarked.jpg
A large group of people pose for what the back of the photograph indicates is the "Lock Co. Gang Christmas." Note the Christmas tree in the background (right) with a large industrial scale standing in front of it. Compare this to photos 2001.29.5 and…

2001.29.1 96 dpi watermarked.jpg
Several people pose before a building with a sign reading, "Rockford Community Fund Agency." Three military personnel kneel in front. On the back of the photograph is handwritten, "Lock Co. gang."

2001.29.2 96 dpi watermarked.jpg
A large group of people pose for what the back of the photograph indicates is "Christmas at National Lock." Notice the Christmas tree in the background (right) with a large industrial scale standing in front of it. Compare this to photos 2001.29.5…

2008.63.4 96 dpi watermarked.jpg
A black and white photograph depicting a human wheel barrow race at the National Lock Company picnic. The back of the picture indicates that these are tool room employees. For an additional view, see photo 2008.63.3.

2001.29.3 96 dpi watermarked.jpg
Several National Lock Co. employees pose for this picture, which the back of the photograph states are "Some more Lock Co. gang."

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A photograph of the exterior of the National Lock Co. plant on 7th St. and 18th Ave. in Rockford IL. Note the gas pumps in the extreme left.

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The front of this photograph states, "National Lock Co. Addition. Security Building Co. Contractors, Rockford. Weiss and Niestadt Architects, Chicago. Work started March 1, 1925. Picture taken 4/24/25." The plant's main structure at 7th St. and 18th…

93.88.1 96 dpi watermarked.jpg
An aerial view of the National Lock Company's new plant on Kishwaukee St. The company moved into its new facility on July 13, 1957. This photograph is mounted on heavy mat cardboard. For an additional view, see photo 93.88.2

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An aerial view of the National Lock Company's new plant on Kishwaukee St. The company moved into its new facility on July 13, 1957. This photograph is mounted on heavy mat cardboard. For an additional view, see photo 93.88.1.

2017.43.978 96 dpi wm.jpg
Pehr August (P.A.) Peterson, cofounder of the National Lock Company. Peterson was a Swedish immigrant and was hugely influential in the development of the furniture industry in Rockford, Illinois.

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Frank G. Hogland, Cofounder and President of the National Lock Company.

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Three men, Edwin W. North at the center, meeting at the National Lock Company. North was the Vice President of Engineering and Research at the National Lock Company. The man on the right may be Roy Stone who was Supervisor of General Hardware…

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Construction of "Plant C" of the National Lock Company.

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Construction of "Plant C" of the National Lock Company.

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Construction of "Plant C" of the National Lock Company.

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National Lock Company Factory, looking northwest from the top of the receiving dock.

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Edwin W. North stands behind a podium at a National Lock Company event. To the left is Mark A. Sommer. North was the Vice President of Engineering and Research at the National Lock Company. Mark Sommer was Executive Vice President.

2017.43.987 96 dpi wm.jpg
Edwin W. North (left) presenting a gift to Mr. Strandquist (right) at a National Lock Company event. Mrs. North sits behind her husband. North was the Vice President of Engineering and Research at the National Lock Company. A.J. Strandquist was the…

2017.43.988 96 dpi wm.jpg
From left to right are Edwin W. North, Hulda A. Johnson, and Mr. Strandquist. A.J. Strandquist was the President of the National Lock Company from 1938-1964. North was the Vice President of Engineering and Research at the National Lock Company. Mrs.…

2017.43.989 96 dpi wm.jpg
From left to right are Edwin W. North, Mrs. North, John R. (Bob) Sommer, and Hulda A. Johnson. Ed and John are exchanging a gift while Mrs. North and Mrs. Johnson are seated at the table. North was the Vice President of Engineering and Research at…

2017.43.990 96 dpi wm.jpg
From left to right are James Erkert, Edwin W. North, and Mrs. North. Edwin W. North is standing in the center of the photo holding a camera. North was the Vice President of Engineering and Research at the National Lock Company. This is likely a…

2017.43.991 96 dpi wm.jpg
From left to right are James Erkert, Edwin W. North, and Mrs. North. North was the Vice President of Engineering and Research at the National Lock Company. This is likely a recognition of North's retirement in June 1964.

2017.43.992 96 dpi wm.jpg
From left to right are Mrs. North, Edwin W. North, Hulda Johnson, Mr. Strandquist, and Mrs. Strandquist. North was the Vice President of Engineering and Research at the National Lock Company. A.J. Strandquist was the President of the National Lock…

2017.43.993 96 dpi wm.jpg
National Lock Company Vice President of Engineering and Research, Edwin W. North, shaking hands with hardware designer Bob Larson.

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Edwin W. North. North was the Vice President of Engineering and Research at the National Lock Company.

2017.43.995 96 dpi wm.jpg
Edwin W. North sits on the edge of a desk. North was the Vice President of Engineering and Research at the National Lock Company.

2017.43.996 96 dpi wm.jpg
Seated at National Lock Company are, left to right, Edwin W. North and Roy A. Stone. Behind them is Plant Engineer Raymond Herbert. North was the Vice President of Engineering and Research at the National Lock Company. Stone was Supervisor of…

2017.43.997 96 dpi wm.jpg
From left to right are at National Lock Company are Plant Engineer Raymond Herbert (standing), Edwin W. North, and Roy A. Stone (seated). North was the Vice President of Engineering and Research at the National Lock Company. Stone was Supervisor of…

2017.43.998 96 dpi wm.jpg
From left to right are National Lock Company Supervisor of General Hardware Research Roy Stone (standing), Edwin W. North, and Plant Engineer Raymond Herbert. North was the Vice President of Engineering and Research at the National Lock Company.

2017.43.999 96 dpi wm.jpg
Edwin W. North sitting behind his desk. North was the Vice President of Engineering and Research at the National Lock Company.

2017.43.1000 96 dpi wm.jpg
A group of men sitting around a table at a National Lock Company event. The two men closest to the camera are Floyd R. Palm(left) and Len Weeg(right). Sitting behind Len is Edwin W. North. Other men unknown. North was the Vice President of…

2017.43.1001 96 dpi wm.jpg
A group of people sitting around a table at a National Lock Company event. A list of names on back of the photo identify them as (counterclockwise from left) Burdette Carlson, Arline Johnson, Marion Dahlstrom, Ray Herbert, Edwin W. North, Floyd Palm…

2017.43.1002 96 dpi wm.jpg
From left to right in the front row are National Lock Company executive employees Hulda A. Johnson, Mr. Strandquist, Edwin W. North, and Mark Sommer Sr. In the back row from left to right are John R. (Bob) Sommer, unknown, Mark A. Sommer Jr., and…

2017.43.1003 96 dpi wm.jpg
Left to right in the front row are Henry W. Carlson, O.W.T. Johnson, Richard Dahlgren, and Edwin W. North. Left to right in the back row are Albin Hansen, Isidor Gustafson, and Norman Traner. In January 1944 they were the employees with the longest…

2017.43.1004 96 dpi wm.jpg
Attending a National Lock Company event are, from left to right in the back row, John R. (Bob) Sommer and John Kraman. Left to right in the front row are Mark A. Sommer Sr., Mrs. North, Edwin W. North, Mr. Strandquist, and Hulda Johnson. North was…

2017.43.1005 96 dpi wm.jpg
Three men sitting at a square dinner table, likely at a National Lock Company event. The man on right is Edwin W. North. North was the Vice President of Engineering and Research at the National Lock Company.

2017.43.1006 96 dpi wm.jpg
Three members of the National Lock Company 25 Year Club. From left to right are unknown, Edwin W. North, and Everett (unknown last name). North was the Vice President of Engineering and Research at the National Lock Company.

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Members of the National Lock Company 25 year club attend the annual banquet.

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Group of people attending the National Lock Company 25 Year Club Banquet. Edwin W. North is in the back center. North was the Vice President of Engineering and Research at the National Lock Company.

2017.43.1009 96 dpi wm.jpg
Employees of the National Lock Company tool room and machine shop.

2017.43.1010 96 dpi wm.jpg
Construction of National Lock Company's Building #6. Built by Security Building Company Contractors of Rockford, Illinois and designed by Weiss and Niestadt Architects of Chicago. Work Started March 1, 1925.

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Edwin W. North passing out envelopes to factory employees, in recognition of staff submitted improvement ideas. The other four men in photo are unidentified. North was the Vice President of Engineering and Research at the National Lock Company.

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A group of National Lock Company employees. Left to Right are Henry Hyde, Carl (last name unknown), Carl Stokstad, Edwin W. North, unknown, A.R. Peterson, and Ted Lundquist. North was the Vice President of Engineering and Research at the National…

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Employees at work drafting in the Engineering and Research Department at the National Lock Company.

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Vytant Aleks(left), Industrial Engineer Designer for National Lock Company and Edwin W. North (right). They are standing in what looks to be a gravel pit. North was the Vice President of Engineering and Research at the National Lock Company. Aleks…

2017.43.1015 96 dpi wm.jpg
National Lock Company building in the process of being built on Kishwaukee St. Pictured is Edwin W. North, Mark Sommer Sr. and Vytant Aleks. North was the Vice President of Engineering and Research at the National Lock Company. Sommer was the…

2017.43.1016 96 dpi wm.jpg
Left to right are an unknown man showing hardware samples to National Lock Company employees Walter Frazer (Assistant Plant Engineer) and Edwin W. North. North was the Vice President of Engineering and Research at the National Lock Company.

2017.43.1017 96 dpi wm.jpg
Black and white aerial view of National Lock Company Fastener Division plant opened on Kishwaukee Street near the Greater Rockford Airport in November 1957.

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Black and white aerial view of National Lock Company Fastener Division plant opened on Kishwaukee Street near the Greater Rockford Airport in November 1957.

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National Lock Company employees pictured, left to right, are Ray Herbert, Edwin W. North, unknown, and Roy A. Stone. Herbert was Plant Engineer and North was the Vice President of Engineering and Research at the National Lock Company. Stone was…

2017.43.1020 96 dpi wm.jpg
Edwin W. North(right), the Vice President of Engineering and Research at the National Lock Company, meets with an unknown employee.

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Two National Lock Company factory workers receiving an award from Edwin W. North(right). North was the Vice President of Engineering and Research at the National Lock Company.

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Two unidentified men standing with Edwin W. North(right).North was the Vice President of Engineering and Research at the National Lock Company. They are standing in a parking lot outside of what is believed to be the National Lock factory on…

2017.43.1023 96 dpi wm.jpg
Edwin W. North, Vice President of Engineering and Research at the National Lock Company.

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Edwin W. North(second from left) and five unidentified foreign visitors at the new fastener plant of the National Lock Company on Kishwaukee Street. North was the Vice President of Engineering and Research at the National Lock Company.
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