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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

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

Westclox Big Ben Chime Alarm Movement Photos

December 15, 2007 | By | 4 Replies More
Westclox Big Ben Chime Alarm Movement Photos

My son’s chime alarm needed some adjustments, and while the clock was opened up, I thought I’d try some quick close up photos with my digital camera. The camera was mounted on a tripod, manual focusing mode was used, no flash, illuminated by the ceiling and bench fluorescent lights. The self timer was used, to […]

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Last updated November 27, 2009

A Walk Around the Old Westclox Factory, Peru, Illinois

September 23, 2007 | By | 1 Reply More
A Walk Around the Old Westclox Factory, Peru, Illinois

On Sunday, August 26, my wife Kimberly and I stopped at the old Westclox factory at Peru, Illinois on our way back from my nephew’s wedding in Wisconsin. The old factory is a huge place, 665,000 square feet on 16 acres of land. Across the street is the 57,000 square foot administration or office building. […]

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Last updated November 27, 2009

Historical Pricing of Windup Big Ben and Baby Ben Alarm Clocks

June 14, 2007 | By | 1 Reply More
Historical Pricing of Windup Big Ben and Baby Ben Alarm Clocks

Below are shown some original retail prices of Westclox Big Ben and Baby Ben alarm clocks. Shown in parenthesis are the equivalent prices in 2007 dollars, using the Federal Reserve Bank of Minnesota online calculator. 1930 Montgomery Ward and Co. Catalog: Big Ben and Baby Ben leg model plain: $3.25 ($39.99) Big Ben and Baby […]

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Last updated November 28, 2009