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    Posted 6 years ago

    pw-collector
    (281 items)

    During WWII there was a need for alarm clocks so the factory workers could get to work on time. Because brass & other metals was needed for war products, these early WARALARMS, had cases made of molded wood fiber, and instead of the normal 300 pounds of brass used per 1,000 clocks, only 7 pounds of brass could be used per 1,000 clocks.

    This is a "molded wood fiber case, WARALARM manufactured by Westclox of La Salle, Ill. although the Westclox name was not put on the clock.
    The back is embossed:
    MAXIMUM PRICE
    $1.65
    EXCLUSIVE OF TAXES
    Total weight of clock: 11.55 ounces
    Height of case: 5.5 inches
    Width of case: 5.2 inches
    Depth of case: 1.75 inches; 1.80 inches including glass.

    This was interesting:
    Library of Congress 1943
    War alarm clocks. 1,700,000 of them will be produced this year to meet demand that was normally 12,000,000. Will be distributed by all pre-war alarm clock manufacturers. War alarms are of the hand-wound type, not nearly as durable as pre-war models. The case, about 6 x 6 x 2 1/2 inches, is of molded pressed wood and paper pulp. Mechanism contains only about 1/10 ounce brass and 6 1/2 ounce of steel, compared to pre-war average use in the low-priced alarm clocks of 6 and 13 ounces respectively. For this reason, and since the programmed supply for the year will barely cover the needs of workers in directly war-essential occupations, War Production Board (WPB) has requested that no one buy a war alarm unless it satisfies real need, not merely want, wish, or whim.

    Thanks for looking,
    Dave

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    1. pw-collector pw-collector, 6 years ago
      Thanks for the appreciation:
      vetraio50
      SEAN68
    2. TubeAmp TubeAmp, 6 years ago
      Thank you Dave for the history lesson!

      T A
    3. pw-collector pw-collector, 6 years ago
      Thanks for the comments & appreciation:
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      aghcollect
    4. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 6 years ago
      Good coverage, And, just when I thought I knew everything. LOL!!
    5. pw-collector pw-collector, 6 years ago
      BB2, I'm like a goldfish, that when it circles it's bowl every 4 seconds, everything is new again. I'm constantly learning, forgetting, re-learning, every trip around.
      Thanks for the appreciation.
    6. fortapache fortapache, 6 years ago
      Neat piece and interesting history lesson.
    7. pw-collector pw-collector, 6 years ago
      Thanks for the comments & appreciation:
      Kerry
      fortapache
      Cormoran1925
      Bruce99
      mikelv85
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    8. pw-collector pw-collector, 6 years ago
      I changed photos & added dimensions & weight of the clock.
      Thanks Manikin for the appreciation.
    9. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 6 years ago
      cool find ...I like the max price on it never seen one with that....
    10. pw-collector pw-collector, 6 years ago
      Thanks for the comments & appreciation:
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    11. pw-collector pw-collector, 6 years ago
      Thanks SEAN68 for the appreciation.
    12. pw-collector pw-collector, 5 years ago
      Thanks pops52 for the appreciation.

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