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Marking Modern Times: A History of Clocks, Watches, and Other Timekeepers in American Life

Alexis McCrossen


The public spaces and buildings of the United States are home to many thousands of timepieces—bells, time balls, and clock faces—that tower over urban streets, peek out from lobbies, and gleam in store windows. And in the streets and squares beneath them, men, women, and children wear wristwatches of all kinds. Americans have decorated their homes with clocks and included them in their poetry, sermons, stories, and songs. And as political instruments, social tools, and cultural symbols, these personal and public timekeepers have enjoyed a broad currency in art, life, and culture. This book rel ... More

Keywords: clocks, timepieces, bells, time balls, clock faces, wristwatches, timekeepers, time, watches, time discipline

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226014869
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226015057.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexis McCrossen, author