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Monuments and Monstrosities

Monuments and Monstrosities

The Apex of the Public Clock Era

Chapter:
(p.143) Chapter 6 Monuments and Monstrosities
Source:
Marking Modern Times
Author(s):
Alexis McCrossen
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226015057.003.0007

This chapter explores the powerful claims about the meaning and importance of clocks and the clock time which circulated during the apex of the public clock era. It discusses how the huge and monumental clocks connected the lives of ordinary Americans—most of whom already owned a mechanical timepiece of sorts—to a scheme in which clock time took on cosmic and historic meanings.

Keywords:   clocks, time, public clock era, monumental clocks, ordinary Americans

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