Ansonia Street Clock Project

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    #1 Noel Poirier, Nov 3, 2015
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    The National Watch & Clock Museum recently acquired a very rare Ansonia Street Clock and Movement. The clocks history took it from the Ansonia workshops in Brooklyn, New York to Quincy, Illinois, to Memphis, Missouri, then to Los Alamos, New Mexico and finally to Tampa, Florida. It is now at its new home at the Museum and with your financial help we will be working at conserving, restoring and displaying this unique timepiece.

    The restoration and exhibition of this clock will allow the Museum to tell the unique story not just of this one-of-a-kind clock's history, but the history of the communities that came to love and embrace this public clock that graced their streets for so many years. This wonderful piece of American history has travelled 5000 miles in 130 years and we are proud to be able to serve as its new, permanent home.

    We need donations to keep the restoration of this rare and beautiful clock going. The first 25 people to donate $250 or more toward the restoration of the clock will receive a complimentary copy of Fred Shelley’s revised book, “Early American Tower Clocks” courtesy of Frank Del Greco. All donations are tax-deductible.

    For more info and updates: https://www.facebook.com/AnsoniaStreetClock/

    To donate to the project: https://www.razoo.com/story/Ansonia-Street-Clock-Project


    Here's the timeline for our Ansonia Street Clock:

    1884 to 1923 – Quincy, Illinois

    In 1884, the Ansonia Street Clock is originally purchased by Heinz and Rosenthal Jewelry, 500 Maine Street (southeast corner of Fifth and Maine) in Quincy, IL. Sometime between 1888 and 1894, the clock is moved to 118 North 5th Street (corner of 5th and Maine) and remains at this location until 1923. The clock passes through the hands of three jewelers while located at 118 North 5th Street:
    M. Huffman Jewelry
    Trask and Plain Jewelry
    Odell’s Jewelry

    1923 to 1969 - Memphis, Missouri

    In 1923, the street clock is sold to W B McLane, Memphis, MO (McLane Jewelry) and is set up on the square. McLane Jewelry is subsequently purchased by W B Laird (Laird Jewelry). The clock is damaged during a heavy snow storm when it is knocked down by city snow removal equipment.

    1969 to 1984 - Los Alamos, New Mexico

    In 1969, Charles “Chuck” Bottom, a private collector from Los Alamos, NM, purchases damaged clock from W B Laird and transports it to Los Alamos, NM where it is restored and set up in his back yard at 2490 Club Road, Los Alamos, NM.

    1984 to 2013 – Tampa, FL

    In 1984, Stan Good, Stan Good Clocks, purchases clock and installs it in front of his clock repair business at 107 S MacDill Avenue, Tampa, FL.

    2014 – Columbia, PA

    Upon Stan Good’s death in October, 2013, the street clock is sold to the NAWCC. The clock is disassembled and transported to the National Watch & Clock Museum, Columbia, PA in January, 2014.

    (Courtesy of Don Bugh)
     

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