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Kenmore Model 906 "Dowling" Shelf Clock

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    Posted 12 years ago

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    The Kenmore Model 906 "Dowling" was manufactured circa 1929-32 by the Kodel Electric & Mfg. Company of Cincinnati. Kodel also made Havlin brand clocks and claimed to be the "World's Largest Manufacturer of Electric Clocks." Interesting side note: the patents for all of Kodel's initial Kenmore offerings (excluding this one) were issued on Oct. 29, 1929, aka "Black Tuesday," the start of the Great Depression. Great timing.

    This Dowling's exuberant Zig-Zag Art Deco skyscraper-styled case is molded of gleaming maroon-brown Bakelite. The dial has the deluxe feature of a day/date readout. Unlike the readout of the similarly styled Hammond "Gregory", this one uses rotating disks rather than rollers. The Dowling is non-self starting, like most electric clocks of the day, and a knob on the back must be spun to get it going.

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    1. lazarusman, 11 years ago
      Kenmore/Kodel made several great looking clocks that are easily overlooked. Killer skyscraper piece.
    2. mikielikesigns2 mikielikesigns2, 10 years ago
      love all your art deco style clocks!!! im fortunate enough to live in the suburbs of Tulsa Okla. where we didnt tear down all our art deco style buildings. Tulsa had LOTS of corp. headquarters in the 1920s-50s due to the oil fields in this area & they didnt spare any expence on archetecture!!!
    3. Chadakoin Chadakoin, 10 years ago
      Tulsa is a great town for Deco-watching. I had the good fortune to tour F.L. Wright's 1929 "Westhope" there years ago - an amazing house. Thanks for the love mikielikesigns2!

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