The Partly Made-Up History of Self-Storage

By Storbox Self-Storage on September 24, 2012 - Comments off

Self Storage HistoryEverything has a starting point and a history. Bubble wrap has a history, Western civilization has a history, even Mickey Mouse has a history; so it is no surprise that public self-storage also has a history. Unfortunately, there isn’t too much information about the evolution of public self-storage. We do know that there is historical evidence of publicly available storage all the way back to ancient China, but it wasn’t until about the 1960s that public storage, to the exclusive accessibility of the owner, was available. One of the first self-storage facilities in the U.S. was Lauderdale Storage in Florida.

So we have an overall beginning to the story of self-storage, but what happened in the middle? Since there’s a lack of facts here, I think we should make an educated guess about how self-storage that started in ancient China evolved into the modern system we know and love today.

Here it Goes…

Public self-storage began in China where, we can assume, the public was able to store private goods in a public space. This probably started out as a rich guy with lots of land and room who figured he could open the space for public use (and get richer).

This went on for a while, and the concept of public storage probably traveled with merchants along the Silk Road and found its way into Europe and Great Britain. Shakespeare even used public storage space to keep his less popular sonnets and plays, or so I’ve heard.

Ultimately, though, people liked the idea of self-storage but wanted exclusive use of the space so that their private possessions could not be stolen or messed with. Shakespeare found his way into the storage space of some guy named Christopher Marlowe … or was it the other way around?

Getting back on track… so self-storage was all the rage in Europe but, though in 1492 when Columbus sailed the ocean blue to find America for me and you, he brought the idea of self-storage with him, it didn’t really make any headway until the rest of Europe started jumping on the “head to America” bandwagon.

Once in America, people found that there was so much space that they could build public storage units of different sizes! This was probably around the 1800s, but I can’t show you the evidence because it is was stolen from self-storage back when it wasn’t exclusive to the user.

All was well for a while until some poor fellow was found stuck onto the floor of his self-storage unit. It may have had something to do with all the bats he was keeping in there. Regardless, people started realizing that there are just some things that should never see in the inside of a self-storage unit.

Long story short, someone, somewhere, maybe in Florida, decided that self-storage works best if the person renting it is the only person who has access to it, and thus the world of modern self-storage was born.

A Prime Example of Modern Self-Storage

STORBOX Self-Storage in Pasadena is proud to be a product of the colorful and possibly completely made up history above. Regardless of how we got here, however, we are committed to providing customers with the perfect storage unit they need to make their lives just a little bit easier. With a variety of unit sizes, exclusive access, and convenient hours, we can be the extra space you deserve. We even offer wine storage at The Wine Grotto!

To find out more about our services, call us today at (626) 793-9888. For more information about wine storage, call (626) 247-8380.

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