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Westclox Big Ben and Baby Ben Identification Guide

May 31, 2008 | By | Reply More
Westclox Big Ben and Baby Ben Identification Guide

In 1984, my friend Richard Tjarks and I published the “Westclox Big Ben and Baby Ben Identification Guide” to go along with the display of Westclox clocks and watches at the NAWCC National Convention in Indianapolis. I have added recent research findings and more material to the guide, and it is available for download in […]

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Last updated November 27, 2009

A Tale of Three Movements and a Clock (Ansonia Long Drop Regulator A)

May 28, 2008 | By | 1 Reply More
A Tale of Three Movements and a Clock (Ansonia Long Drop Regulator A)

About 1880, a fine Ansonia Regulator A, time only with calendar, was purchased for an office. The clock was enjoyed by many descendants of the original owner. It was well maintained, and always gave good service. In the late 1990’s, the clock was taken to a repair shop, and the repairman said he could not […]

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Last updated November 27, 2009

Golden Hour Clock Repair Notes

March 31, 2008 | By | 2 Replies More
Golden Hour Clock Repair Notes

1) Early Golden Hour clocks (made around 1953 and 1954) don’t use nylon pads to support the rotating gear ring. Instead, they have three slightly raised metal areas. When these wear down, the friction increases and can cause the clock to be unreliable. On 3-31-08 I repaired one by applying several pieces of black plastic […]

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Last updated November 27, 2009

Seth Thomas Oak Kitchen Clock with 89E Movement

March 27, 2008 | By | 1 Reply More
Seth Thomas Oak Kitchen Clock with 89E Movement

I overhauled the movement of this clock recently. One of the teeth on the escape wheel was too short, so I inserted a new tooth. Both mainsprings are original Seth Thomas mainsprings that measure 0.0165 inch thick. The strike speed is adequate, but I wouldn’t want the mainspring to be much weaker. The pendulum takes […]

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Last updated November 27, 2009

New Baby Ben Alarm Clocks Have Lost Their “Soul”

March 14, 2008 | By | 1 Reply More
New Baby Ben Alarm Clocks Have Lost Their “Soul”

When the Big Ben alarm clock was introduced in 1908, one of its important features was that the entire back of the case was the bell. This made the alarm ring louder and deeper than other alarm clocks of the time, which had a small bell on the top. When the Baby Ben alarm came […]

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Last updated October 11, 2012

Merritt’s Antiques P-1956 Mainsprings

March 3, 2008 | By | 11 Replies More
Merritt’s Antiques P-1956 Mainsprings

Note May 14, 2010: The newest batch of these spring that I received are too weak for most clocks. When released from their clamps, the springs open out only to about 5 inches (as compared to over 11 inches on the original batch). I cannot recommend these springs any more. I just tried one on […]

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Last updated May 16, 2010

My Clock Is “Wound Too Tight!”

February 23, 2008 | By | 1 Reply More
My Clock Is “Wound Too Tight!”

Lately several people told me me that their 400 day anniversary clock was “wound too tight”, and that they tried to fix it by unwinding the spring! Trying to unwind the spring is DANGEROUS (unless you are experienced at clock repair and have the proper let-down key). If you try to unwind the spring, YOU […]

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Last updated December 22, 2013

New Haven Bakelite Case Alarm Clock

February 14, 2008 | By | Reply More
New Haven Bakelite Case Alarm Clock

I am selling a small New Haven Bakelite case alarm clock on eBay. For some reason there are no bids yet – aren’t Bakelite items highly collectible? It sold for $28 plus shipping. Share this post:

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Last updated February 22, 2008

I’m a Canon Camera Fan

January 19, 2008 | By | Reply More
I’m a Canon Camera Fan

I’ve been fascinated by cameras and photography since I was a boy. My father was an avid photographer, did wedding photography, had a darkroom for developing and printing pictures, and made our photo Christmas cards himself for the first few years. Some of the cameras I’ve used over the years are: Brownie Hawkeye – my […]

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Last updated December 22, 2013

Antique Cuckoo clock

January 1, 2008 | By | 2 Replies More
Antique Cuckoo clock

I recently overhauled this cuckoo clock. The movement was very dirty and someone had damaged the fan fly and enlarged its pivot holes to about 1/8 inch! The slideshow below shows the repair process. I had to plug the enlarged pivot hole, use the depthing tool to establish the correct center distance, and  drill a […]

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Last updated November 27, 2009

Flickr Embedded Slideshows in Internet (Windows) Explorer

December 31, 2007 | By | Reply More
Flickr Embedded Slideshows in Internet (Windows) Explorer

The code given previously for a Flickr embedded slideshow does not work in Explorer 6 or 7. Use the following code instead: <pre><iframe src=”http://www.flickr.com/slideShow/index.gne?user_id=uid&set_id=sid&text=” align=”middle” frameborder=”0″ height=”480″ scrolling=”no” width=”520″></iframe></pre> where uid is your Flickr user id number and sid is the id number of the set of photos you wish to display. Thanks to this […]

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Last updated December 31, 2007

Test of an Embedded Picasa Slide Show

December 28, 2007 | By | Reply More
Test of an Embedded Picasa Slide Show

A Picassa slideshow can be embedded in a WordPress blog with no problems. The visual editor seems to work fine. All I did was to take the slideshow code provided by Picasa and insert it into the post using the code view. Share this post:

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Last updated December 31, 2007

Another Test Slideshow

December 27, 2007 | By | Reply More
Another Test Slideshow

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Last updated December 31, 2007

Embedding a Flickr Slideshow in WordPress

December 26, 2007 | By | Reply More
Embedding a Flickr Slideshow in WordPress

Use the following code: <pre><object type=”text/html” data=”http://www.flickr.com/slideShow/[email protected]&set_id=sid” height=”500″ width=”500″> </object></pre> where uid is your Flickr user id number and sid is the id number of the set of photos you wish to display. Using the <pre> and </pre> tags prevents WordPress from re-writing your code, as suggested in this post. Thanks to the following resources: […]

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Last updated December 28, 2007