Ad Courtesy of Private Collection of Bradley Keen

The Nik-O-Lok Company, which manufactures coin and token-operated toilet locks, was founded in Indianapolis in 1910 by Charles Van Cleave, a native of Crawfordsville, Indiana.  The company still exists today and is headquartered on the Eastside.  Nik-O-Lok is now a division of Standard Change-Makers, founded in 1955, just two years after this ad ran in September 1953.  Standard Change-Makers, which provides machines to turn dollars into coins for use in vending and laundry machines, was founded by Van Cleave’s grandson, James McNutt, Sr., and has remained a family owned and operated business for over 100 years.  A unique business, and a long Hoosier bloodline!