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Westclox Museum, Peru Illinois

November 6, 2015 | By | Reply More
Westclox Museum, Peru Illinois

There is a new Westclox Museum in Peru, Illinois. It is housed in the former Westclox factory at 350 5th Street. My friends Cheryl and Gary Biolchini and I visited on October 31st. Even though the museum has been open only since last February, the founders and dedicated volunteers have gathered a wonderful selection of […]

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Last updated November 7, 2015

Winding Keys on Westclox Big Ben Leg Model Alarm Clocks

October 31, 2014 | By | 5 Replies More
Winding Keys on Westclox Big Ben Leg Model Alarm Clocks

I was sorting Westclox parts in my clock shop, and came across 2 plastic bags labeled: “Rare, pinched Big Ben Style 1a Keys” and “Early Style 1 Big Ben Keys”. This motivated me to write about the development of the Big Ben winding key. First, here are 2 examples of the Big Ben leg model […]

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Last updated October 31, 2014

My Westclox Story

June 19, 2014 | By | Reply More
My Westclox Story

When I was a boy and stayed overnight at my Grammy and Granddaddy’s house, they put a Baby Ben alarm clock by my bed (not to wake me in the morning, but because I liked clocks). I looked at the dial and saw the name, Westclox. “That doesn’t sound like a real word”, I thought, […]

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Last updated July 17, 2014

Early Westclox Big Ben Alarm Clock, Dated July 3, 1909

May 26, 2013 | By | 3 Replies More
Early Westclox Big Ben Alarm Clock, Dated July 3, 1909

Here is an early Big Ben alarm clock, made during the second year of preliminary production. The movement has the date code 7 3 9 (July 3, 1909). This is a Style 1 (leg model) Big Ben. The dial has the early form of hands and numerals (note especially the 7). The words “BIG BEN” […]

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Last updated December 22, 2013

Golden Novelty Company Cast Front Clock, 1885 Patent, Cherub and Flowers

May 24, 2013 | By | Reply More
Golden Novelty Company Cast Front Clock, 1885 Patent, Cherub and Flowers

Here is an early example of a Westclox clock, made while the company name was “The Western Clock Mfg. Co.” This clock was made around 1890. The movement and its canister were made by “The Western Clock Mfg. Co.”, and the Golden Novelty Mfg. Co. made the cast case front and marketed the clock. The movement […]

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Last updated May 25, 2013

Baby Ben Style 7 Alarm Clock Made in October 1976

January 14, 2012 | By | Reply More
Baby Ben Style 7 Alarm Clock Made in October 1976

For years, we thought that the style 7 Big Ben and Baby Ben alarm clocks were made from 1956 – 1964. We now know that the style 7 Baby Ben windup was revived ca. 1976. Here are photos of an example dated 10 76 (October 1976) on the movement, in its original box with instructions. […]

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Last updated January 14, 2012

Satellite View of Old Westclox Factory, Peru, Illinois

January 2, 2012 | By | Reply More
Satellite View of Old Westclox Factory, Peru, Illinois

Yesterday, the old Westclox factory in Peru, Illinois was partly destroyed by fire (see Massive Fire at Former Westclox Plant in Peru, Illinois). Google Earth has a nice view of the old factory, and I saved this image before it gets updated. North is at the top of this image. The factory covers 4 city […]

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Last updated January 2, 2012

Massive Fire at Former Westclox Plant in Peru, Illinois

January 1, 2012 | By | 2 Replies More
Massive Fire at Former Westclox Plant in Peru, Illinois

The fire started shortly before the new year, and two teenagers were charged with arson. Peru assistant fire chief Jim Duncan said the middle building portion of the Westclox complex was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived. “The fire was just out of control when we found it,” Duncan said. As Duncan explained, the Westclox complex […]

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Last updated January 2, 2012

Westclox History Summary Added to ClockHistory.com

March 15, 2009 | By | Reply More
Westclox History Summary Added to ClockHistory.com

In the late 1970’s, Westclox typed up a document giving highlights of the company’s history from 1885 to 1976. The document is now on ClockHistory.com Share this post:

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Last updated November 26, 2009

1919 Westclox Parts and Repair Manual

February 1, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More
1919 Westclox Parts and Repair Manual

In 1919, Westclox (Western Clock Company) published a parts and repair manual called “First Aid for injured Westclox.” I have only a fair photocopy of this manual, but hope to buy or borrow an original for scanning someday. For now, we have put only the general information and repair text on the ClockHistory.com web site. […]

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Last updated November 26, 2009