Posted 7 years ago
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:
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.
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