06 April 2010

What Time Is It?

From the Spokane Daily Chronicle, Spokane, WA, on this day in 1936:


LONDON - There will be 596 clocks on board the Queen Mary. All will be electrically controlled from two master clocks on the bridge. They will be "half minute jumpers" - that is to say their hands will move forward every 30 seconds. The clock in the ballroom will disguise a loudspeaker, and one at the entrance to the first-class main deck shows the time by means of a ribbon looking like a speedometer tape in a motor car.

The 370 clocks for first-class cabins have handsome six-inch square faces in silver, with hands and figures in black. The 70 clocks in the public rooms will be designed to suit the decorations in which they have to fit.

A map, 24 feet 6 inches by 18 feet, is being made for the Queen Mary, representing the Atlantic ocean. From Biship's Rock to the Nantucket lightship, a three-inch illuminated crystal model of the ship will travel along a 16-foot track, always marking the exact position of the ship.

Top photo: Getty Images, First Class Dining Room, March 5, 1936
Bottom photo: Author's collection

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