Clocks! Monday, January 26, 2015

There are many reasons the American Treasure Tour is a fun place to work.  For one, it's a great place to meet great people.  Not only do many of them get excited over our collection, but they can be a great resource for information for us, too!  For another, Arnold's Family Fun Center is in the same building, so when we have a rare moment to relax, we can bowl a quick game or play some Skee-Ball.  On a regular basis, new pieces appear that can be very odd, cool, or lovely.  A few days ago, we were preparing for a tour when a cache of clocks was being unloaded.  Our caretaker, Woody, was very excited to place them on the tour route in the Toy Box, and we are going to briefly discuss the history of clocks in honor of our new acquisitions...

The desire to keep time has compelled humans since before they started recording history. Clocks using burning candles to tell time date to as early as 520 A.D., with mechanical clocks dating to the time of the Ancient Greeks.  We feel very confident saying that none of the new acquisitions by the Tour date that old - and most are likely younger than a century.  Still, aren't they pretty?  And almost all of them are set to five o'clock, so yes.  Somewhere in the world, it is always five o'clock, and that somewhere is at the American Treasure Tour.

Where is the (arguably) oldest clock still in use?
A)  The American Treasure Tour, Oaks, PA
B)  Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury, England
C)  National Archaeology Museum, Athens, Greece
D)  Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France



Recorded American history really isn't very old, and yet, much has happened since the discovery of the American continents by Columbus in 1492.  For example, Prohibition.  The Constitutional Amendment to ban liquor sales in the United States became federal law in 1920, BUT the idea of it goes much earlier than that.  In fact, the State of Tennessee gets the credit for passing the first law of its type - in the year 1838.  On January 26th.  Anyone who has visited Memphis or Nashville can bare witness that the anti-liquor laws are no longer in affect. There is lots of that stuff floating around the area now....

They say that the two things in life that cannot be avoided are death and taxes. Well, may we suggest another unavoidable thing being the smiling face of Paul Newman?  Although he passed away in 2008, the Ohio-born actor, whose birth in 1925 we celebrate today, can be seen in a library of notable films, and on supermarket shelves across the country.  And we recommend you seek him out.  Not only are his movies worth seeing (every single one of them - even if they don't prove too good), but buying any of the Newman's Own brand foods does good, since some of the proceeds go to charity.  Happy birthday, Paul, and thank you.

QUOTE:  Show me a good loser and I will show you a loser. - Paul Newman

ANSWER:  B)  Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury England.  It is believed to date to 1386 A.D.