Second safe gives us an empty feeling
After unexpectedly finding photos of serial killer Ted Bundy and a few other curiosities in a vintage Glenwood Post safe that has moved from building to building with our business, we got permission from our landlord to open a much larger safe snugged into a wall in our office.
Wayne Winton, owner and operator of Glenwood Springs-based Tri-County Locksmith Services, volunteered to open both safes. Winton, a member of the Safe and Vault Technicians Association, has access to closely guarded technical information about the mechanics of safes.
While he loves the old safes and sees them as art pieces worth preserving, he was as surprised as we were by the items in the first safe — including the $20 bill we gave him to grab lunch after a morning cracking the Mosler #10 safe with “Glenwood Post” hand-painted on its face. Usually, he advised us, these old safes hold nothing more than paper clips and rubber bands.
That was just about the case with the larger safe he opened last week. Other than a couple of retired promissory notes kept by a former occupant of our building at 824 Grand Ave., the big safe was empty. (The paperwork was, in fact, held together with paper clips.)
But, like the smaller Post safe, it is a Mosler, and once open, the beauty and care of craftsmanship was evident in the painted interior of the door.
The big safe also bears an 1883 date, making it as old as the town. It’s unclear whether it arrived here from the Mosler factory in Cincinnati that year — or what fortunes and secrets it has held during Glenwood’s history.