Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Canadian Time Clock - More About this Clock

Canadian Time Clock

The Canadian Time clock was made by the Arthur Pequegnat Clock company. The Arthur Pequegnat Clock Company (1904–1941) is notable as the longest lasting Canadian-based clock manufacturer.

My particular clock was made after 1917; I know this because it was made in Kitchener Ontario. Clocks made before 1917 were inscribed "Berlin" on the dial face.

Kitchener was known as Berlin prior to and during the first World War. It was the town of Berlin from 1854 until 1912 and the City of Berlin from 1912 until 1916. Because the name Berlin was associated with the war against Germany the decision was made to change the name to Kitchener midway through the First World War. Kitchener is the present seat of the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, Ontario.

The precise year that my clock was manufactured is unknown, however I believe the Canadian Time clock series was made right up to 1941. By 1941, the demands of World War II armament makers for brass, the essential ingredient in clock movements, pressed the company to stop production. A pity! If my clock was made in 1941, it's age would be 72 years however I think that it was likely made in the 1930s though I have no definitive proof that it was since there are no actual markings indicating the year it was made.

Curious cross horseshoes
Interestingly enough. it is the only one I have seen with Arabic numbers as most were ordered with Roman Numerals. Being a railway clock Arabic numbers would have made it easier to read by common folk in a train station. I am told that one could order the clock from the manufacturer with either Arabic or Roman numerals.

I have seen only one other clock with the cross horseshoes that you can see in the second photo so I am thinking that the horseshoes were added after the clock was made.

In any event I am trying to find a photo of the clock while it was hanging in the Pictou, Nova Scotia train station prior to the station's decommissioning in the early 1990s. If I can locate a photograph it would help me date the clock more accurately. Of particular note, I have 10 clocks in my house; the Canadian Time clock is the most accurate and is indeed a testament to the quality and care that went into the crafting of this fine timepiece.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Golden Age of the Automobile

Pontiac Firebird
 Or so they say. There are many opinions on this but I would say that the golden age is today; cars are more sophisticated, stylish, safer  and engineered better than any other generation of the automobile. Only my opinion, of course.

I usually don't post so many photos on a single blog but thought I would today. I apologize to those of you with slower connections; all the photos are reduced in size from the originals, however.

It was a perfect day for a car show in our little town in Nova Scotia.The weather was around 21C and not a cloud in the sky. God knows we have had very few sunny days this spring so far and it was nice to have a good one for a change.

I have a personal bias towards European cars and sadly there were too few at this car show where the American muscle car truly dominated. However, I am not opposed to enjoying those cars as some were excellent examples of the so-called Golden Age of the Automobile.
Chevrolet from the Forties

Camaro RallySport
Years ago as a child I remember drawing pictures of cars like the Cadillac with it's huge fins and the bullet-like shape of the Thunderbird. There were several Cadillacs at this show and they were impressive as always but only one Thunderbird and it was not in great shape, hence no photo..

I think if I were to find an old car it would have to be something from the 1940s. The unique styling of those cars really appeals to me. Yes, they were death traps but having an antique car means that it is driven only on sunny days, never at night and of course, never in the rain or snow. And you really are much more careful with it.

I have no need or desire to buy and antique car at this time but I was looking for a booth that sold antique car insurance and I was surprised that I did not see it there but I am going to make inquiries in the next few days for my 1982 Audi Coupe which would be nice to show at one of these car shows in the future.

Anyway, enjoy the photos, feel free to correct me if the captions are wrong and I invite comments as always.
60's Cadillac

GMC pickup truck

20'2 Ford

Chevy SS

60's Mustang Mach I

It's a 350,Gotta be a GM

Looks Like a Jaguar, it's a Daimler


60's Corvette

Another 54' Ford?

Grand old Cadillac

34 Cheverolet

Crosley from the 50s

Mini 1000


1928 Ford, beautiful Brown Colour

Datsun 280Z

1960s Mustang

Could be a Probe or a Nissan 240, No Markings