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Street Clock used on set of NBC Drama Revolution

by Administrator 19. October 2012 17:35

 

The new hit NBC TV drama, Revolution, used one of Electric Time Company’s two dial street clocks for their futuristic set. Check out the Noblesville Indiana street clock near the City Hall and Train Station. Its one of our Small Two Dial Howard Replica designs, specially aged for the scene.

 

 

Street Clock Movie Set

Town Clock - Wells, Maine

by Administrator 9. July 2012 22:03

The Rotary Club of Wells Maine dedicated their Electric Time Company Small Four Dial Howard Replica Town Clock on June 23, 2012. The ceremony focused on their beautiful town clock which was dedicated to the Town of Wells. A cast bronze plaque lists the various donors that made the project possible. After speeches by various Club members and Town dignitaries, a cake featuring a picture of the town clock was enjoyed by all.

Town Clock

Rotary Street Clocks

by Administrator 18. April 2012 12:43

Electric Time Company is proud to serve as a Rotary International Licensed Vendor. We can provide the Rotary International “Wheel” Logo on our street clocks and tower clocks. Cast bronze plaques are the perfect option for the Four Questions. Please contact our sales department to see how your club can provide a rotary street clock as a lasting gift to the community.

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Street Clock by the Bangpakong River Thailand

by Administrator 7. February 2012 17:39

Electric Time Company was fortunate to work with a wonderful company in Thailand this past year. We created a Large Two Dial Howard Replica Post Clock for the City of Chachoengsao in Thailand.

The Chachoengsao street clock glows with its 23kt gold leaf highlighting and provides a beautiful accent to this gorgeous plaza. The city is located in the Central Region of Thailand. Can’t you feel the warm breezes…?

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Street Clock Restoration for an Iconic Piece of New York City

by Administrator 10. November 2011 16:16

 

Electric Time Company is proud to announce the restoration of the iconic 200 Fifth Avenue Street Clock. The historic gold painted clock has been seen on everything from the opening of the David Letterman Show to decades old photographs of the nearby Flatiron Building.  Sponsored by Tiffany & Co, the restoration process was done with the approval of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. The process of restoring the clock to its former beauty took over 8 months to accomplish. This sculptural masterpiece is ready to face its next century providing the time to passersby in Madison Square.


 

Electric Time Street Clock appears in the Zookeeper

by Administrator 5. July 2011 22:19

Electric Time Company is so excited for the upcoming release of the Zookeeper movie, starring Kevin James. On July 8, 2011 in the US and world-wide this fall, the Zookeeper will be released and we can’t wait to see it! The movie features our Small Two Dial Howard Replica Post Clock as an important part of the set. We just saw the trailer and WOW – its going to be a blockbuster. Grab some popcorn and meet us at the movies!.

 

Street Clock Restoration - Steinway Street - Queens New York City

by Administrator 11. June 2011 09:59

Electric Time Company of Medfield MA USA completed the restoration and installation of the Steinway Street Clock located in the Borough of Queens New York City. The restoration was sponsored  by the  Central Astoria LDC.

The  clock  was originally made  by the Howard Clock Company of  Boston, MA was restored to it’s original design - with a watch bezel and winder.  This clock design is also available new.

 

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Street Clock Restoration

Street Clock in the News - Shinsegae Chelsea Paju Premium Outlet - South Korea

by Administrator 24. March 2011 07:35

Electric Time Company is making the papers in South Korea! Its all good news as our Large Four Dial Howard Replica Post Clock is the centerpiece of a beautiful new mall in South Korea. The Shinsegae-Chelsea Paju Premium Outlet celebrated its grand opening with a ceremony featuring the Governor of Kyonggi Province, National Congressmen, the CEO of Chelsea and the Chairperson of Shinsegae Group.

 

City of Woburn Street Clock

by Administrator 7. March 2011 17:57

 

An Electric Time Company Street Clock is prominently  featured on the City of Woburn Web Site.   Well known public sculptor  Bob Shure created a  bronze statue representing a tanner and his family,  which was added to the top of the clock to commemorate Woburn's  industrial history.

 

 

Woburn Massachusetts Street Clock

Marietta College - Street Clock unveiling

by Administrator 17. January 2011 17:20

2010 marked the 150th anniversary of the Marietta College Phi Beta Kappa - Gamma of Ohio Chapter. Members of the Gamma chapter donated a Large Two Dial Howard Replica Street Clock to the College where it was unveiled during Homecoming Weekend. The clock sits proudly on The Christy Mall and has been very well received by the Marietta Ohio campus. A video was made of the dedication on October 30, 2010.

 

Street Clock Covered in Snow - Blizzard of 2011

by Administrator 13. January 2011 10:25

Crazy winter weather has hit Medfield! If you tried to call or email us and weren’t able to reach anyone – we apologize! Mother Nature has dumped almost 2’ of heavy wet snow on us and our power and telephone have been out for most of the past two days. Anxiously awaiting spring…!

 

 

Medfield Street Clock

Water Valley Mississippi Street Clock Installation

by Administrator 8. January 2011 12:55


Water Valley Mississippi was the recipient of an Electric Time Company Large Four Dial Howard Replica Post Clock for the Railroad Park project in January of 2010. The post clock adorns a prime location in a park created by the local garden club. It has a medium bronze finish with hand painted gold highlighting. The post clock is a marriage of historical styling and high tech features – it will automatically correct the time for power outages and Daylight Saving Time changes.

Waldorf-Astoria in Orlando Florida

by Administrator 17. December 2010 12:49

Waldorf Tower Clock

 

Electric Time Company of Medfield MA was honored to be selected as the lobby clock manufacturer for the recently opened Waldorf-Astoria in Orlando Florida . Installed in 2010, the four sided clock is a unique feature in the center of the lobby. Built to create its own legacy, the clock sits atop a mahogany column, grounded with a lovely blue velvet banquette. The clock itself features fine finishes, including Satin and Polished Nickel plated finishes and bronze and pearl painted finishes. The top of the column is crowned with a sparkling cut crystal piece, fitting for the grandeur of the lobby. And as a nod to the iconic lobby clock in NYC, the Orlando clock features the same chime melody. Electric Time Company was proud to design and manufacture the clock and chime equipment which will grace the Waldorf-Astoria lobby for many years to come.

 

Tiffany & Company - The Woodlands, TX USA

by Administrator 9. December 2010 14:23

 

Electric Time Company of Medfield MA USA is pleased to announce the installation of a Custom Two Dial Post Clock for Tiffany & Co at their store in The Woodlands, TX USA. The 40-1/2" diameter dials feature polished stainless steel Roman numerals and clock hands, and glass dials back-lighted with energy saving LED's. The clock design is reminiscent of Tiffany's watch collection designs.

Stainless Steel Tower Clock

 

Stainless Street Street Clock

Wall Street Journal has to say about Old-Style Public Street Clocks

by Administrator 18. March 2010 10:24

By WILLIAM M. BULKELEY
Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Their time has come, again.

Not so long ago, public clocks appeared doomed in the U.S. Inexorably, they faded from view, replaced with faceless digital readouts on modern facades — or with nothing at all. The watchless were left to their own devices.

People like Peter Sonnabend, vice chairman of the Sonesta Hotels chain: “I’m one of the great unwatched,” he says. “I have to rely on the kindness of strangers and public clocks.” Or Boston preservationist Jane Holtz Kay, who laments the disappearance of clocks in her Back Bay neighborhood. Public clocks, she says, are a kind of “street furniture.

But public timepieces — the predigital, often whimsical variety — are making a comeback. In places like Battle Creek, Mich., where Kellogg Co. has commissioned a large musical clock featuring Tony the Tiger and Snap, Crackle and Pop of Rice Krispies fame. When the clock strikes the hour, the characters dive into a large bowl of sculpted milk.

On New York’s Madison Avenue, where watch-dealer Tourneau Inc. just installed a time machine, 11 feet in diameter, with a moon-phase predictor and 27 different clock faces that indicate the time in cities around the globe.

Even at a Las Vegas casino, the Santa Fe, which recently broke with gambling’s timeworn anticlock tradition (based on a sense that clocks, and windows for that matter, might distract from the slot machines at hand) and hung an elaborate four-face, verdigris Edwardian reproduction over the bar.

In the 1960s, the most common new clocks were spare, digital time-and-temperature illuminations on banks. But today, “digital is dead,” says Thomas Erb, president and owner of Electric Time Co., of Medfield, Mass., which built the $900,000 Tourneau timepiece and claims to be the nation’s biggest maker of public clocks. “You can get a $7 watch that’s more accurate,” says Mr. Erb, “but street clocks have become very popular.” He says business has doubled in the past five years.

Why the about-face? “People are trying to get back a sense of community and a town center, and clock towers do that,” says Lisa Reindorf, a Boston architect who designed a new clock tower to renovate an aging Rhode Island strip mall.

Then there is the renewed interest among city planners and architects in smaller-scale pedestrian areas, where analog clocks fit in neatly. In time, commercial architects and landlords hope, a clock will transform their buildings from storefronts to landmarks. For a new shopping center, Hulbert Group International, a West Vancouver, B.C., firm, had Electric Time create a clock that shows phases of the moon and wind speed as well as the time. “The intention was to get people to say, ‘I’ll meet you at the clock,’ ” says Steve Best, project architect.

The once-popular digital displays proved costly to power — as much as $1,000 a year. And “they’re cold and impersonal. They don’t have any style to them,” complains Thomas Bartels, executive director of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors in Columbia, Pa., whose membership has grown 17% to 35,000 in the past five years.

Time in a Vacuum

Analog clock aficionados argue, moreover, that digital readouts leave time in a vacuum. “With a traditional clock, the time is recognizable at a glance. You get a sense of time forward and back without doing subtraction,” says John DeFazio, a Hightstown, N.J., architect who designed the Tourneau clock installation.

The coming millennium is also fueling interest in public time displays.

Back then, public clocks were functional, as well as attractive. Mill owners bought clocks with bells that would tell workers when to return from breaks and when to quit for the day. Watches were the privilege of the middle class, and most workers didn’t own timepieces.

During the 18th and 19th centuries, tower clocks became a major civic investment both here and abroad. Seth Thomas Co., namesake of Thomaston, Conn., and E. Howard Co. of Boston, employed hundreds of clockmakers assembling gears, weights, escapements, clock faces and movements for tower clocks. The public-clock business later dwindled as cheaper electric motors replaced the complicated works of mechanical clocks in the 1930s.

To Chime or Not to Chime

Ironically, the semiconductor chip has played a role in the revival of analog public clocks by eliminating much of the labor involved in maintaining them. Clocks now include battery-powered chips that automatically reset the clock after electrical power outages. They can be programmed to make the clock spring ahead and fall back for daylight-saving time. “You can even program them to chime any hours you wish, or not chime” when people are sleeping, says David Todd, a clock specialist at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, who thinks the clocks are regaining popularity because “they’re an anchor to a slightly more benevolent world.”

Real clock fans would like to turn back the hands of time to fully mechanical clocks. Linda Balzer heads the clock-restoration operations of Balzer Clock Co. in Freeport, Maine, which has been restoring as many as 10 tower clocks a year and recently restored a 22-foot-diameter clock at the Ayer Mill in Lawrence, Mass., for $110,000. She says: “When you replace a mechanical clock with an electric one, you’re not putting in a better system. Properly maintained, a mechanical clock will last 500 years.” (The world’s oldest working clock, in Salisbury Cathedral in England, is more than 600 years old.)

Mr. Erb of Electric Time admires Balzer’s work, but for towns that don’t have restorable antiques, he creates “elegant” reproductions. One of them, designed for street corners, sits atop a tall, fluted column. A replica of a Seth Thomas design, it features an intricate, cubical clock case with four faces and miniature lion heads set at each corner. Unlike the original cast-iron designs, Electric Time’s posts and cases are made of aluminum, which is less likely to rust or crack.

Such reproductions attract people like Edna McCall, a flag-store owner in Crystal Lake, Ill., outside Chicago, who headed a town committee administering a fund left by a resident to do “something for the town.” The committee spent several million dollars buying and refurbishing an old theater as an arts center.

Then it spent some remaining funds on a $30,000, 20-foot-high post clock from Electric Time. “Not everyone will benefit from the theater,” she says, “but all the people will benefit from the clock.”