Pictures of clocks back in their day.

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  1. Robert Ling

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    Does anybody have any old pictures showing clocks in service, or a look inside a retail outlet where clocks were sold ?
     
  2. Bob W.

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    Robert, here's one....I have more and will post them later.

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  3. Robert Ling

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    Cool, thanks Bob.
     
  4. clocks4u

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    I have a bunch of originals too. I'll try to scan some later today.

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    Here's one I already had on the computer.


     

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    Here's one I have...
     
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    OOOPS!!! I better read up on how to add a photo...
     
  8. Arthur Cagle

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    Interesting that all the black mantels have statues on top...trying to bump the amount of the sale no doubt.

    The pics shown thus far are pretty neat.:thumb:
     
  9. Jeff C

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    I really like see these types of photos. :thumb: I guess this is one of the reasons I enjoy older movies as well.
    Out of curiosity are there any dates for the photos above?

    Jeff
     
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    Jeff...Actually, the picture I posted above is cropped and blown up to show the clocks better. Here is a view of the whole photo. I need to pull it out and take a look, but I'm pretty sure the date on the calendar is 1912 or something like that.

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  11. Bob W.

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    Here's a couple I recently posted in a different thread. They show the Santa Fe RR dispatching office in Marceline, MO in the early 1940's.

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  12. Bob W.

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    And another showing the Grand Trunk RR Depot Lobby, Detroit, MI, ca. 1890. The standing regulator clock glass reads "Central Standard Time."

    Love the spittoons! Wonder how much "chaw" gunk sprayed onto the clock! Yuck!

    BOB


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  13. MUN CHOR-WENG

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    Picture shows a clock shop in Singapore in the late 1950s ( 58/59).

    The hugh round clock with solid mahogany case has a UK made chain fusee 7-day movement. Most of the wall clocks shown were Japanese made with 7-day movements very similar to those made by some US makers such as Ansonia. It was common to see the words AMERICAN written in gold across the glass door of these clocks like those shown in the picture.

    The four of the larger wall clocks ( 2 on either side of the doorway ) were
    quarter striking ( Westminister chime ) clocks made by the German firm Junghans.

    Most of the clocks in the showcase were 30-hour alarm clocks made by makers such as Smith ( UK ) or Mauthe /Junghans/Kienzle three of the more well know German makers

    A solitary 30-hour alarm clock made by Westclox in a square black case can be seen in the front show case sitting beside two 8-day torsion pendulum clocks. The Westclox was probably made in Canada.

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  14. Kevin W.

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    Hi Mun, nice picture.I wonder if thhe man in the picture with no shoes works there?
    I would love to see pictures of their work shop.
    The clocks in the bottom of the dispaly case kind of look like the german porcelain kitchen clocks.
    Nice pictures everyone, makes me wish i could visit these places. :thumb:
     
  15. Tony Ambruso

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    I find threads like these very interesting and revealing.

    One time, when I was at the library at headquarters, there were some BOD members killing some time before a meeting, I suppose, and a fellow preparing a class on reverse painting techniques had located what was believed to be the earliest surviving picture in the NAWCC stacks of a clock delivery truck or wagon in the US. The group huddled around the document. Lots of discussion went on. I didn't get a chance to see the picture because I had to go. But these things are very cool, and that experience made me wonder how many horological people are really interested in such things. Normally, we have to go to museums or chapter meetings to see such things, if we are not collecting them ourselves.

    Some message boards have an ephemera forum, or these threads could be easily posted in our miscellaneous forum. Either way, it would be nice to have collectors of this clock/watch related material to more regularly post these things, maybe in some type of organized, categorical approach. What a wonderful way to preserve and disseminate these fragile pieces of history.
     
  16. Chris Radano

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    Mun, are you in that photo?
     
  17. Robert Ling

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    I received permission to post photo's out of my copy of "Saloons-bars-Cigar stores" Historical Interior Photographs, By Roger Kislingbury.

    It's a cool book that I would recommend.
    This looks like a Waterbury Agusta to me ? edit: opps, I resized, but It didn't work. Moderator feel free to do so.

    Circa: 1908 San Jose Ca. The Bar was made by Brunswick.
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  18. harold bain

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    Your picture looks great, Robert. It would have been a bit of a job to wind that one on a weekly basis. They were probably glad to see the age of electric clocks:eek:
     
  19. Robert Ling

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    This one looks like it might be a Seth Thomas #30.

    Also hung high on the wall...maybe so they were out of range ?

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    This clock I don't recognize. It has lettering on the glass saying ?? & time.


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    Must have been typical for bars to hang their clocks high enough that the drunks couldn't reach them:?|
    Great pictures. :thumb:
     
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    I think it was a practical reason: Clocks high on the wall did not consume space which could be used for products to be sold!

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    Keep 'em comin'.
    Enjoying these thoroughly.
     
  24. Robert Ling

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    This is a cigar stand in Oakland Ca. 1908.
    The Machine on the counter is a Mills Commercial cigar vendor.


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  25. Robert Ling

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    The next two pictures show the opposite walls of the same Western bar room.
    If you can I.D. the clock please do. Photo Cir. 1910.

    Note the pictures of Indians below the clock. Edit: The phone on the counter is a pay phone.


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  26. MUN CHOR-WENG

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    Chris, Yes I can be seen in the picture peeping through the doorway.
    I was taking my lunch having just returned from school.

    Veritas, The man on the right of the picture wearing a pair of slippers is my
    brother . He helped my father seen on the left, in running the clock
    shop The man in the center was a family friend. The three porcelain
    clocks that you mentioned were indeed German made kitchen clocks .


    It was my duty to wind up all the wall clocks every week, usually on a
    Sunday. Winding the massive fuzee movement required quite a bit of
    effort because of its size and high location. That clock was later
    replaced in the early 60s with an electric clock The fuzee clock was
    then stored in the attic until I took possession of it in the mid 70s
    when I developed an interest iin clock collecting. The clock had
    originally belonged to The Europe Hotel, that went bankrupt in the
    late 1920s. It was one of the top hotels in Singapore in the early years
    It was patronized by many top British administrators , businessmen,
    writers etc. The well known British writer Somerset Maugham had made
    reference to this hotel in one of his short stories entitled " P & O "


    The clock shop has since been demolished in the mid 1990s along with
    other shops in the area under the government's urban renewal
    programme. .


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  27. Chris Radano

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    Robert, the clock is a Waterbury "Bremen" (or later mobel "Dresden"). Pictured in Duy Ly's Waterbury book on page 201.
     
  28. Bruce Barnes

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    Hi Mun,
    Great photos' and a good story,must have been a sad day when the shop closed and the building came down..........the Empress Hotel must have been a "Grand Lady",perhaps only second to the Raffles.
    Regards,
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  29. Robert Ling

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    Good eye Chris, Those looks like it to me too.
     
  30. Bob W.

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    Here's one of a clock shop/jewelry store ca. 1905. Two nice regulators, a Welch #2 and a Seth #60 + other miscellaneous items.
     

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    Another store scene, probably ca. 1900. Note a Seth #16 or #19 at the right with "Standard Time" on the glass.
     

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    This picture was found in a trunkfull of Cornell U. paraphernalia. If this indeed was taken on university property, are there any students, alumni, employees or ex-employees out there who might recognize the room?

    The Seth Office Cal. #11 is 68.5" by itself. How high do you suppose the ceiling is?

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  33. Jeff C

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    Hi Bob, is your picture from the Ithaca campus or NYC? My brother is a professor at Cornell in Ithaca. I'll ask him if its from there.

    Regards,

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  34. Bob W.

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    Jeff, I don't know. There are no markings or writing on the back of the photo so I don't even know for sure that it was taken on university property....it's just a guess given that the other items in the trunk were related to Cornell U.

    Maybe someone can I.D. the fellows hanging on the wall and get a clue that way.

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    Thanks Bob, I thought that to about the photo maybe being a reference point. I'll respond back hopefully with some more information about your photo.

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  36. Robert Ling

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    Wow! The Seth #60 is a big clock but it's dwarfed by the Welch #2.
     
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    Great thread! Please keep 'em coming! I love seeing the old clocks in their native habitats.:clap:
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  38. Robert Ling

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    This Oregon Bar cir.1900 had an insurance policy to protect it from non paying customers.


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    Where do you find these pictures? I'm sure obviously ebay but does anyone have suggestions on what to search?
     
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    I might print these out on my photo printer and display em.
     
  41. Robert Ling

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    Look back a page or two where I listed a book that all the pictures I've been posting came from.
    And the book is avalible on ebay... I have no affiliation.
     
  42. Jeremy Woodoff

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    Here is one of those ubiquitous clipper ship clocks in a period setting (from an ended eBay auction).
     

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    Yep! Tryin' to remember the name of the big console: PHILCO mebbe?
    I trashed one of them Uniteds once to restore a RADIO clipper that used the same sails, masts, and rigging.
     
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    Yeah, I can read "Philco" on the original photo. The RADIO clipper must have been from Mastercrafters Clock and Radio Co. I think it was the only radio model they made.
     
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    Showin' a little gams there too, eh? Musta bin pretty racy for 1942.
     
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    I've been meaning to add a picture to this thread. This is from my collection.

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    BOB, I have been meaning to post something. Has anyone else noticed the bottom center finial on the clock in this pic is unusual:???: It looks like there are two "eyelet" type circles between the base of the clock and the bottom middle finial. ALSO, the other 2 bottom finials appear to be missing. I know my #19 has a square molding type bottom like the standard #19's with the middle bottom finial. John
     
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    :p Back then, everything was anal and dramatic! Here's a video of an OLD clock from ONE WHOLE MONTH AGO!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtTtiHPi9gE&NR=1
     
  49. Bob W.

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    RE: Marceline Seth #19

    John:

    I really didn't notice that until you pointed it out. I think the bottom center and side finials were damaged or lost on this clock and the RR slapped on that center thing for show and just let the sides stay unadorned.

    That center finial definitely isn't Seth Thomas issue.

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    AHHH, the precursor to the "butchering" that the Santa Fe did to a lot of the 19's cases. I wish I had a list from the Santa Fe on where all the clocks were in service by the Form 1649 and what type they were. A timetable of mine from 1964 for California actually listed where all of the "Standard Clocks" were located. That was years before they would have listed "my house" also! :thumb: :eek:

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