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Pennwood Tymeter "Statllite" Commemorating John Glenn's First Orbit February 20 1962, July 1962, Model F70

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On Feb. 20, 1962 NASA, astronaut John Glenn climbs into the Friendship 7 space capsule atop an Atlas rocket at Cape Canaveral, Fla., for the flight which made him the first American to orbit the earth. He made three orbits in all. At the time I was 11 years old and was awestruck by Glenn's accomplishment.

The clock is in great condition, except for the lens, which I will try to buff out so the plaque is more easily read. It runs and keeps great time. It is a 24 hour clock. I was doing a search for Pennwood clocks and this one popped up in the items list. It is very Mid Century Modern Art Deco. The sides and back of the case look like something designed by Norman Bel Geddes in the 30s. Glenn made his historic flight in February of 1962 and Pennwood began manufacturing these in July of that year.

The Tymeter came out of a moving sale. The Tymeter owners had just purchased a new Airstream and this was a left over from their old Airstream they didn't have room for it in the new Airstream, I am thankful they didn't just toss it.


  1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 years ago
    stunning as always buddy!!!
  2. kerry10456 kerry10456, 4 years ago
    Outstanding tribute piece to space exploration. very nice find.
  3. kerry10456 kerry10456, 4 years ago
    what did you use to attempt buff?
  4. rlwindle rlwindle, 4 years ago
    Novus makes a three part system for removing scratches, you start with number 3 and work your way to one. I have no earthly idea why they did it that way. My first impulse would be to use one and work my way to three, you use one and two depending on what type of plastic you're working on.

    I will first try a buffer attached to my electric drill and see what that does, then if necessary I will use the Novus system.
  5. kerry10456 kerry10456, 4 years ago
    good product, but have found on plastic like this, coat it with a film of brasso using a cotton ball, let dry and then use the buffer. 9 times outta 10 it will do a good job with out a repeat.
  6. rlwindle rlwindle, 4 years ago
    I will give it a shot, I have plenty of Brasso on hand.
  7. kerry10456 kerry10456, 4 years ago
    Russ, how about an updated photo after repaired, would like to see it redone.
  8. rlwindle rlwindle, 4 years ago
    Will do.

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