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    Posted 11 years ago

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    couple of new ones.the sealed power is not actually a clock,but a "spinner sign"like to know any info on these.especially the old,and who made it.thanks

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    1. Bruce99 Bruce99, 11 years ago
      The case looks kind of "Art Deco" to me and those hands look like your clock may have been made by the Sessions clock company. Sessions was a primary manufacturer of electric clocks before WWII. They didn't make any clocks during the war and stopped making mechanical clocks altogether after the war. They went out of business in 1970.

      If I had to take a GUESS, I would say that your adverstising clock could be circa 1930-early 1940's.

      One quick way to know for sure would be to see if there is a manufacturer's mark on the clock movement...assuming that you can safely get to it. If it is a Sessions, you'll at least know that it was made before 1970 and there might be a date of manufacture or a patent date.

      I see that Hastings is still alive and well. If you're really interested, you might try contacting them on the outside chance that someone would be willing to help you.

      Please let us know what you find out.

    2. Bruce99 Bruce99, 11 years ago
      I found some new information and would adjust my "guesstimate" to circa early 1960's. I base that on the Hastings advertising slogan "Stop Pumping Oil" which appears on your clock. Several print ads in Popular Science magazines appear with that slogan. You also have a vintage advertising clock with some value. One sold at auction for $250 in Sept. of 2010.

      See the following links:

      I'm not sure about Sessions or the date of manufacture so any other opinions out there would be most welcome!
    3. oilman514 oilman514, 11 years ago
      I would say more 1930's-40's. Being an advertising collector i would personally say closer to $500-$550 or more.
    4. Bruce99 Bruce99, 11 years ago
      Hi oilman514, thank you for your opinion and help here! I'm not an advertising collector, but 30-40's was my initial impression. I have no idea how long this company ran with their "Stop Pumping Oil" slogan. They may still be using it for all I know I just found it in the references I cited.

      Is your appraisal for a retail setting, or did someone really luck out at that auction I found? That clock looked like it was in very good condition. I do know that advertising collectibles are very much in demand right now. Are prices increasing?

      Thanks again.

    5. Bruce99 Bruce99, 11 years ago
      Make that "Stop Oil Pumping". "Stop Pumping Oil" is a much more current phrase! :)

      I've done a little more thorough search and I see that phrase in 1937 associated with a new Hastings product called their steel-vent piston ring.

      This was out of a book called "Advertising: mass communication in marketing" by Charles Atkinson Kirkpatrick.

      Here's the link:

      So bottom line, I agree with you oilman514, late 30's early 40's is very likely.


    6. hastingsj, 11 years ago
      i also love the "hastings pistons and rings" since its my last name. i have a sign with that logo also. ifyou ever decide to get rid of it let me know.
    7. oldnfuelish, 11 years ago
      Here's a link to a pic of the motor.actually dated,but can't make out the year.thanks for all the comments
    8. Bruce99 Bruce99, 11 years ago
      oldnfuelish, one of the patent numbers offers a clue. I don't think that is a Sessions movement. The cited patent number 1719805 was awarded to Lorens Hammond in 1929. Clocks made using that patent technology were made well into the 1940s so I think that is another indication that oilman514 had it right from the start. Thanks for sharing!
    9. Chadakoin Chadakoin, 11 years ago
      oldnfuelish, that is a Hammond-made movement in your Hastings ad clock. Hammond Clock Co. didn't make ad clocks itself, but it was selling its movements to other clock makers by 1931. They stopped all clock production just before the outbreak of World War II in 1941, so the 1930s-early 1940s manufacture estimate seems right-on.
    10. Bruce99 Bruce99, 11 years ago
      Thanks Chadakoin for helping to nail down the date.

      Just an interesting side note: rlwindle had recently posted some very interesting information on Hammond Clocks. See:

      Lorens Hammond was the inventor of the Electronic Organ that bears his name along with some other inventions. Very neat stuff, very nice clock!
    11. oldnfuelish, 11 years ago
      Thank you for all the help everyone.
    12., 11 years ago
      I'm looking for a "cabinet" for a glass sign I recently purchased. Would JUST THE GLASS in your Hastings clock happen to be 12"x22"? I know the cabinet I'm looking for was made by Neon Products Lima Ohio in the mid to late 1930's & looks a lot like your "art deco" clock. ANY help from ANYONE would be helpful. Thanks in advance!
    13. oldnfuelish, 11 years ago
      Much smaller than the measurements you posted,let's see a pick.
    14., 11 years ago
      I posted a photo of the Complete Sign ( I found on the internet). I just have the Glass. DESPERATELY looking for the correct cabinet, even if the neon or the transformer needs replaced. I think they call this "Carved Glass". ANY help would be GREATLY APPRECIATED!

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