The Standard Electric Time Company of Springfield, Massachusetts, made electric time systems for public buildings, private industry, schools and other institutions. The systems consist of a master clock, and secondary (or slave) clocks located in any number of rooms. The slave clocks are electrically controlled by the master clock.
Our initial aim in this effort is to present a comprehensive exhibit of collectible “Standard” clock products, representing a cross-section of the company's earlier production. This is important to the present day collector, because “Standard” was practically a custom shop, manufacturing systems tailor-made to the many types and sizes of buildings into which they were placed. As a result, only an extensive collection of photographs can begin to hint at the tremendous variety of clocks and related equipment still “out there”. For example, while production of pendulum-type master clocks numbered in the thousands, a great many of which have survived to the present day, it is virtually impossible to find two identical examples. And in the case of secondary, or “slave” clocks, there were made, in addition to the regular catalog-listed offerings, many that were one-of-a-kind, or which saw extremely limited production.
Our special thanks go to photographers Ken Clapp, Dave Rooney and Dick Trepp for shots taken of extant clocks around the New England area, to the several collectors who have sent in photos of their favorite treasures, and to Dave Rooney for his assistance in researching the history and products of The Standard Electric Time Company.
Jeffrey R. Wood
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To make this project a success, your help is needed. If you can provide a good picture of a special clock, it could well prove to be something that others would enjoy seeing here. Owners of clocks will receive credit unless they wish to remain anonymous. In return, or as a public service, we can provide in over 90% of cases, copies of original factory publications pertaining to a specific clock. These include master clock instructions, technical bulletins and wiring diagrams.
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