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153 “Happy Chicopee: With Music and Cannon She Celebrates, and Looks with Delight at Her New Clock,” Boston Daily Globe, September 24, 1887, p. 4. When a privately maintained clock used by the public on Chicago’s North Side stopped working in 1893, it affected everything from the business of a local dentist, to the work of a housewife who “[couldn’t] tell when to cook dinner,” according to “Clock to Run Again: Yerkes’ North Side Timepiece Un- dergoing Repairs,” Chicago Tribune, November 27, 1893, p. 7.


“Hands and Faces: Public Clocks in the United States After the Civil War.”

155 “The Post’s New Clock: Our Building Made Useful to the Public as well as Ornamental,” Washington Post, Oc- tober 24, 1880, p. 1. The “from more than one thousand doors and windows” quote is from “Hands and Faces: Public Clocks in the United States After the Civil War.” One newspaper account from 1901 described how an ar- gument over the correct time led a group of men on a hansom cab ride around Manhattan as they sought out, by name, the Western Union time ball, the clocks of the Tiffany, Hudnut, and New York Life Insurance companies, and the clocks of the Times and Tribune (“What Time Is It?” New York Times, July 7, 1901, p. SM3). For decades after watch ownership first became common, people continued to rely on public clocks. When Trinity Church’s clock was stopped for repairs in 1947, it confused the “tens of thousands of ‘Street’ employees who several times a day turn their eyes to the gilded hands of the clock’s … dials,” according to “Time Stands Still in Trinity’s Clock,” New York Times, February 27, 1947, p. 23.


The Works, p. 235.


The Works, p. 237.


Norval White and Elliot Willensky, AIA Guide to New York City (New York: Three Rivers Press, 2000), p. 547.

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