Clocks and Timekeeping

I suppose everyone has heard the old saying "it's about time" ... usually it means you've been tired of waiting for something or someone to show up, and when they finally do, you might say "it's about time".
 
In my case, however, what it means is exactly what it says ... this page is really about time. Or at least, it's about the devices used to tell time - mostly clocks of various types. Clocks aren't just about the casings we see or their designs, the way the clock movements work can be quite different in clocks.

Movements run from wind-up, to motion, to electric, modern battery, solar and even water. Yeah, water!  A while ago while in Florida I needed an alarm clock for our guest room and didn't want to spent a lot of money buying a new one.

In a second hand shop I found this funky, modern-looking blue clock, but when I picked it up, the housing was full of water. Turning it over, I read the information on the bottom of the clock (the manufacturer's information). To power the clock and keep it running you simply filled it with water. I'd never seen one that ran on water, and it was only priced at $5 USD, so ... because I was so intrigued by it, I decided to take a chance and buy it.

True to it's word, the clock has been running along just fine with it's casing full of water. Since we only spend winter months in Florida, I fill it up to the top before we leave in April, and it's usually still running fine with plenty of water when we arrive back in Florida in late December.

Onto the images.

An old travel style alarm clock that also tells you the temperature.
A vintage "time'n temp" travel alarm by Westclox.



A vintage travel alarm clock that folds up.
A vintage alarm by Westclox.
A fancy desk clock styled like a gyroscope.
A gyro-clock with pillars.

A small modern plastic wind up alarm clock.
Small modern plastic alarm clock.

A vintage fold-up Westclox travel alarm clock in brown case.
A vintage travel alarm by Wesclox.


A tall cherry grandfather clock with mirror backing and glass shelves.
A cherry Grandfather Clock.


A large grandfather clock with large brass pendulum, mirrors, and glass shelving.
The same clock as above, but there are different items on the shelves.


This vintage mantel clock has a china clock face and china oval insert, with many scrolled details.
Vintage mantle clock with hand painted china clock face.