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Old Timers #152813
02/20/06 07:28 PM
02/20/06 07:28 PM
Trumpy  Offline
Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 8,231
SI,New Zealand
Pictures and info submitted by harold endean:

Since you were talking about nostalgia, I thought I would send you some pictures of 2 old time clock I removed from a job.

For the Sangamo time clock, Picture 1 is the front of the time clock, Picture 2 is the bottom and picture 3 shows the inside of it. I am not sure how old it is:

[Linked Image]

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For the other time clock, Picture 1 is the outside and pic. 2 is the inside:

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Thanks Harold. [Linked Image]

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Re: Old Timers #152814
02/21/06 10:07 AM
02/21/06 10:07 AM
mamills  Offline
Joined: Nov 2001
Posts: 745
Wharton, Texas, USA
That first timer looks like it's really built to withstand the elements.

Is there anything beneath the little cover on the bottom (near the point where the wires exit)?

Those are quite a neat find [Linked Image]!Thanks for sharing them.

Mike (mamills)

Re: Old Timers #152815
02/21/06 12:02 PM
02/21/06 12:02 PM
Wizzie Electric  Offline
Joined: Jan 2006
Posts: 69
Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, Can...
They sure don't make things like they used to.

Re: Old Timers #152816
02/21/06 01:33 PM
02/21/06 01:33 PM
RODALCO  Offline
Joined: Dec 2005
Posts: 856
Titirangi, Akld, New Zealand
Thanks for sharing those photo's from those well made clocks, with proper clock works mechanisms.

I rather see brass and proper metal than all the plastic junk they sell nowthese days which seem to last only a few years, or less most often, Clock batteries for back up in power outage also very unreliable.

My guess is that these clocks are from around 1930's, or early 40's.


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Re: Old Timers #152817
02/22/06 07:59 PM
02/22/06 07:59 PM
harold endean  Offline
Joined: Feb 2002
Posts: 2,233
Boonton, NJ

I haven't looked at the clock in a while, but if I remember correctly, behind that little plate is the ususal connections for the line and loads. I can get the old clock out of storage and get more pictures for you if your interested. The pictures were on my computer but I took them about a year ago. I just remember to find them again and send them to Trumpy. Thanks Trumpy!

Re: Old Timers #152818
02/26/06 01:26 PM
02/26/06 01:26 PM
geoff in UK  Offline
Joined: Dec 2002
Posts: 186
I would guess the age as slightly earlier. I used to have some Sangamo timers from the late 1930s and they looked much more "modern" than that. I assume it uses a mercury switch, under the plate with the keep level instruction on it.
About ten years ago Sangamo ran a competition in UK to find the oldest of their products still in use. They were clearly interested in their history then, and could perhaps be interested in seeing those pictures.

Re: Old Timers #152819
02/28/06 06:28 AM
02/28/06 06:28 AM
pauluk  Offline
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 7,520
Norfolk, England
They sure don't make things like they used to.

Ain't that the truth! I bet those timers costs a pretty penny when they were made, allowing for the greater value of a dollar/pound/whatever back then.

Now people go and buy a plastic wrapped pack of three Made-in-China timers for $5.95 at the local bargain store and expect it to be something other than cheap plastic junk. [Linked Image]

None of it is ever likely to be around long enough to be eligible for any sort of longest-service competition. Warranty? Yeah, we guarantee it won't fall apart until you get it out of the store.

Re: Old Timers #152820
02/28/06 08:51 PM
02/28/06 08:51 PM
harold endean  Offline
Joined: Feb 2002
Posts: 2,233
Boonton, NJ

If you know anyone in the UK from Sangamo and they are interested, please let them or myself know. They can have the pictures or whatever if they are that interested. They can e-mail me through this website, I think.

Re: Old Timers #152821
03/02/06 12:54 PM
03/02/06 12:54 PM
classicsat  Offline
Joined: Nov 2002
Posts: 456
I have pictures of an antique timer at

Look for some more stuff to show up there.


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