In a PM, Mr. Time After Time informed me that these are sometimes called "Band-Aid Bushings". This led me to do some re-thinking about the matter. Rathbun calls them "First Aid Clock Bushings". First Aid, Band-Aid, whatever, points to an obvious conclusion. These things were never meant as a permanent cure. They were meant as a quick temporary fix until a real repair could be done. Just as First Aid is something you do immediately to deal with an injury until medical care is available, just as a Band-Aid isn't meant to cure an injury, just provide a temporary fix, so the Rathbun is meant to be something to keep the clock going while awaiting repair. At least, that's the way I see it. But what we see time and again is misuses of the Rathbun, treating it as a permanent cure, an alternative to a real repair. They get planted on the clock and never thought about again. They become permanent.Ol' Louis C. Rathbun never touted them as such. He didn't call them Bushing Repairs, he called them Bushing First Aid. Seen in that light, they aren't as nefarious as we've been seeing them. They serve a useful purpose, when treated as they are meant to be. Of course there's a down side to this first aid: it requires a screw hole in the plate. We don't like that. But put yourselves in the shoes of a fix-it guy needing to get Aunt Minnie's clock working until the real clocksmith shows up, you can see why that hole wouldn't bother him at all. Here on the MB we discuss whether to plug the Rathbun screw holes, or leave them. But imagine a competent clock repairman getting ahold of Aunt Minnie's clock. He would toss the Rathbun, rebush the pivot hole and, depending on circumstances, he might plug the unsightly screw hole as part of the repair. Which leads us to discussions we've had on this here MB: What to do about Rathbuns and screw holes? The first thing to do is get rid of the RB's, as you get rid of the Band-Aid in order to treat the cut. They don't serve as a permanent part of the clock's history. The Rathbun is temporary, but the screw hole is permanent. How should we treat that? Depends on what you're after. Leave them, as part of the history, like an appendectomy scar, or "heal them up" as part of your repair, and let them be forgotten. Do whatever you like. Is what I think.