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"SMITTY" Wristwatch by New Haven Clock, Circa 1932/35

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    Posted 3 years ago

    kerry10456
    (206 items)

    Hello Fellow Collectors and Visitors. I haven't been around for a couple days and for a return post, I thought you might enjoy seeing something other than a Mickey.....lol.
    This watch was produced by New Haven Clock in 1932/35 and was inspired by the Comic Strip "Smitty" of the 1920's-1973. Here's an out-take from "Wiki":
    Smitty was a popular newspaper comic strip created in the early 1920s by Walter Berndt. Syndicated nationally by the Chicago Tribune New York News Syndicate, it ran from November 29, 1922 to 1973 and brought Berndt a Reuben Award in 1969.
    Berndt's first strip, That's Different, drawn for the Bell Syndicate, lasted less than a year. In 1922, he created Smitty, which he continued until 1973. Yet it did not begin without a struggle, as cartoonist Mike Lynch described in a 2005 lecture:
    After a stint drawing sports cartoons under T.A. "TAD" Dorgan (If you look at Walter Berndt's signature, you can see he draws his "T" just like TAD did), he took over the And the Fun Begins panel from Milt Gross. By 1920, Berndt had left the Journal to start his own strip. The strip lasted a year. Then he worked at The New York World. But within weeks, he was fired for insubordination. (I tried to find out more about this, but this is all I know.) Berndt was out of work and broke. So, with zany cartoonist timing, he got married! And then he began making the rounds with a new strip titled Billy the Office Boy. It was 1922. The World Series was on. Big news, and so no one could get near the editors. Berndt couldn't get in to see anyone. Segar said there wasn't a World Series in Chicago and suggested he send the proposal to Captain Patterson. So Berndt mailed the strip to the Chicago Tribune. Patterson, opening a phone book for reference, renamed it Smitty and bought it at Berndt's high asking price. The strip became a mainstay, with the adventures of Smitty and Herby continuing for over 50 years.
    Thanks for looking,
    Kerry

    Comments

    1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 3 years ago
      Love the art work on the box and love the watch!!!
    2. kerry10456 kerry10456, 3 years ago
      Thank you Sean, it has such a "Cheerful" presentation to it. Thanks again :-)
    3. SEAN68 SEAN68, 3 years ago
      You bet it does have a very cheerful presentation and your very welcome Kerry!!
    4. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 3 years ago
      Wonderful Kerry, congrats !
    5. kerry10456 kerry10456, 3 years ago
      Thank you VERY much PhilDMorris. Always a pleasure :-)
    6. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Kerry,
      That's the coolest!! The box is nearly as wonderful as the watch itself! I love this one!
    7. bijoucaillouvintage bijoucaillouvintage, 3 years ago
      It's a peach alright! :-))
    8. valentino97 valentino97, 3 years ago
      Great research and a cool watch!
    9. roddyq roddyq, 3 years ago
      Excellent write up Kerry!! Scotty and SEAN68 are right on the box art is super as is the watch and you even have the warranty:))
    10. kerry10456 kerry10456, 3 years ago
      Thank You:
      mikelv85,
      kyratango,
      racer4four
      and
      jscott0363
      for the loves and support.
      @jscott0363, Agree, I love the graphics :-)
    11. kerry10456 kerry10456, 3 years ago
      Thank You:
      bijoucaillouvintage, :-)
      Thomas, I'm going to blush now
      Caperkid,
      Jlmam
      and
      Mickey
      for all the wonderful complements and the support, very appreciated!!
    12. kerry10456 kerry10456, 3 years ago
      Thank You:
      Michael,
      ttomtucker,
      FortApache
      and
      nutsabotas6
      for all the loves and support, very appreciated!!
    13. kerry10456 kerry10456, 3 years ago
      Thank You:
      Rod(roddyq), I blushing for sure now
      beyemvey,
      VETRAIO50,
      TassieDevil
      and
      vonsboy
      for all the loves, complements and support. Always deeply appreciated!!
    14. Wandlessfairy Wandlessfairy, 3 years ago
      I have never heard of this character. Excellent info as usual Kerry.. good post.
    15. kerry10456 kerry10456, 3 years ago
      Thank you:
      leighannrn,
      Lady_Picker,
      BeachBum58,
      sanhardin
      and
      Wandlessfairy, Kay, Never know what will bounce up out of the hole in my floor, lol
      Thanks again all for the support, very appreciated!!
    16. kerry10456 kerry10456, 3 years ago
      Thank you ttomtucker for all the loves and support, very appreciated!!
    17. kerry10456 kerry10456, 3 years ago
      Thank You AntigueToys for stopping by and sharing the loves and support, deeply appreciated!!
    18. kerry10456 kerry10456, 3 years ago
      Hello Chevelleman69, great to see you've dropped in. Thanks for all the loves, very appreciated!!
    19. kerry10456 kerry10456, 3 years ago
      Thank You:
      shughs,
      Daddy_Nobucks,
      trukn20,
      mtg75,
      farmlady,
      crswerner
      and
      ttomtucker
      for all the loves and support, very appreciated!!
    20. Rick55 Rick55, 3 years ago
      Another wonderful watch Kerry and to have it in its original box... wow!

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