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Marking Modern TimesA History of Clocks, Watches, and Other Timekeepers in American Life$
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Alexis McCrossen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226014869

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226015057.001.0001

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Monuments and Monstrosities

Monuments and Monstrosities

The Apex of the Public Clock Era

(p.143) Chapter 6 Monuments and Monstrosities
Marking Modern Times

Alexis McCrossen

University of Chicago Press

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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