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March 3, 2020

History of E.D. Reed

I am looking for an article in Locksmith Ledger from the October 1974 issue, page 71, titled "History of E.D. Reed." I hope that you have this article in your archive and can make me a copy in PDF format or can refer me to someone who still has this old Locksmith Ledger magazine from 1974.

Marc Ferland 

Hello Marc:

Locksmith Ledger has been owned by several different companies. Ilco owned Locksmith Ledger from 1988 to 2000, and I have every copy since 1988 but nothing earlier. Nevertheless, E.D. Reed began to collect key codes in the 1930s. He compiled two books, a black leather book for utility codes and a brown leather book for padlock codes. In about 1974, Reed sold his interest in the code books to Locksmith Ledger. Unfortunately, he died suddenly at about that same time.

Bill Reed, his son, then was employed by Locksmith Ledger to continue the E.D. Reed code system. The Reed code system eventually was made into 15 separate printed volumes. Printed versions of the Reed code system were discontinued about 10 years ago. Bill Reed later became publisher of Locksmith Ledger until 1992 when he left the company, and he also has since died. If there is anything else I can answer for you, kindly contact me.

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