'Harmony of design is keynote to an attractive kitchen.' *
I truly hope I will never 'get into' clocks. There is a whole world I don't want to go into. But still, I only have a few. I really like this one. It's a 10-inch '50s clock from 'Kelton' a brand of the US Time Corporation, predecessor to Timex. It's Electric, keeps very good time, and makes a machinery murmur as it goes along. I don't mind the humming. The chrome is in very good shape, as is the 6-inch crystal, which is glass. It looks a bit like a '50's era flying saucer.
The clock is very difficult to photograph. No matter how you approach it, you have reflections from the near-perfect chrome plate and from the glass. So I have had a go at it from various angles. (more below)
The movement is held in the center by four struts. Like Timex watch movements of the future this is also nothing much to look at, but it does the job. Long stem attaches to the crown outside the clock, for time setting (more.)
The outer chapter sometimes looks black, but it is actually like a grey mirror. I think it is a mirror surface, and the white has been applied over it. The 'Kelton' and 'Electric' text are similar shine-thru of the smoky mirror backing.
The clock seems to be called 'Cuisine' as indicated on the back plate. 'Cuisine' suggests it's for kitchens of high caliber.
Hands are beautiful. Red painted or enamelled hour/min, and a tapered long thin black seconds hand. I'm not sure what the font is called, but it reminds me of some sort of period, but I can't quite be sure about when or where. Does anyone know the font?
Maybe I read into things, or maybe invent meanings or origins to things in order to explain my universe. This looks like a Flying Saucer. People in the 1950s were preoccupied with Flying Saucers, Professional Spooks, and Communists. I wonder if these preoccupations made their way into consumer design.
Here I am reflected by the Kelton Clock. I used to laugh at pictures people take of their items to sell on eBay. I still do. Sometimes their faces and worse are reflected back on shiny surfaces. I think someone should collect all the eBay pictures in which you can see the photographer, make a website, kind of like 'Hot or Not.'
Your choice is simple. Join us and live in peace, or pursue your present course and face obliteration. We shall be waiting for your answer. The decision rests with you
I am leaving soon, and you will forgive me if I speak bluntly. The universe grows smaller every day, and the threat of aggression by any group, anywhere, can no longer be tolerated. There must be security for all, or no one is secure. Now, this does not mean giving up any freedom, except the freedom to act irresponsibly. Your ancestors knew this when they made laws to govern themselves and hired policemen to enforce them. We, of the other planets, have long accepted this principle. We have an organization for the mutual protection of all planets and for the complete elimination of aggression. The test of any such higher authority is, of course, the police force that supports it. For our policemen, we created a race of robots. Their function is to patrol the planets in spaceships like this one and preserve the peace. In matters of aggression, we have given them absolute power over us. This power cannot be revoked. At the first sign of violence, they act automatically against the aggressor. The penalty for provoking their action is too terrible to risk. The result is, we live in peace, without arms or armies, secure in the knowledge that we are free from aggression and war. Free to pursue more... profitable enterprises. Now, we do not pretend to have achieved perfection, but we do have a system, and it works. I came here to give you these facts. It is no concern of ours how you run your own planet, but if you threaten to extend your violence, this Earth of yours will be reduced to a burned-out cinder. Your choice is simple: join us and live in peace, or pursue your present course and face obliteration. We shall be waiting for your answer. The decision rests with you.
This clock has 'bright as tomorrow modernity,' and provides the 'perfect note of gracious efficiency.' Why? click here or scroll to very bottom.