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Vintage and retro Midcentury clocks

The era of the midcentury clock began with the advent of glow paint and neon for clock faces in the 1930s. This allowed the illumination of the dial. They are in many ways emblematic of Modernism, in which form follows function to achieve a simplistic beauty of design. This simplicity lead to the design of minimalist clocks with spikes and basic hands rather than traditional full-faced clocks.

Popular clock brands of this time period include Elgin, Westclox, and Lux, in addition to the kitsch Kit Kat Klocks which bear a striking resemblance to Felix the Cat.

Sunburst clocks

Vintage and retro Midcentury clocks Popularly called a "sunburst" or "starburst" clock, these clocks were fashioned with spikes and balls around a central face. The look is distinctly atomic, the focal point of the room rather than a mere timepiece. If you are picturing a 50s living room, this is probably the clock on the wall.

Some of the most popular of these timepieces were designed by architect George Nelson for the Howard Miller Clock Company. His designs were simple geometric shapes with basic hands around a minimalist circular or square face.

These have reproduced, and reproductions will generally run with batteries rather than a cord.

Ball clocks

Vintage and retro Midcentury clocks The Ball Clock was likewise designed George Nelson for the Howard Miller Clock Company.

In its original incarnation, the Ball Clock consisted of 12 brass spokes tipped with wooden balls. The hands were simplified by design into an ellipse and a triangle, or a pair of simple rectangular shapes. There are also versions in which the ball wires are curved inward toward the clock face.

These have reproduced, and reproductions will generally run with batteries rather than a cord.

Kit Kat Klocks

Vintage and retro Midcentury clocks Kit Kat Klocks were originally produced in 1932 by the California Clock Company of Portland, Oregon. The clock is in the shape of a grinning cat whose eyes and pendulum tail shift back forth to mark the time. The clock face is on the cat's stomach.

Kit Kat Klock colours include:

The cat clock's design has changed slightly over the years. The original version had 2 paws showing, while newer models have four paws and a bow tie. There are even some new limited edition Kit Kat Klocks that are embellished with rhinestones.

Newer versions will also run on batteries instead of requiring a plug and cord.

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