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Baby Ben alarm clock

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact11153
Dates
1964
1973
1964-1973
Collection
Carson Cross Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
Accession Number
005011001
Description
A metal "Baby Ben" alarm clock; has a rectangular base with a round face; the face is a slightly lighter shade of silver (aluminum?) and under a circular convex piece of glass; there are dials and knobs on the back for setting the time and alarm.
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Accession Number
005011001
Collection
Carson Cross Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
MeSH Heading
Household Articles
Radium
MM= Household Articles -- ruler, compass, protractor, timepiece
Description
A metal "Baby Ben" alarm clock; has a rectangular base with a round face; the face is a slightly lighter shade of silver (aluminum?) and under a circular convex piece of glass; there are dials and knobs on the back for setting the time and alarm.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Belonged to the donor's family since it was purchased new in Peterborough, Ontario; it was originally loaned to the museum for the "Radium" exhibit.
Maker
Westclox
Site Made (City)
Peterborough
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1964
1973
1964-1973
Date Remarks
These clocks were made from 1964 until 1973
Material
metal: silver
glass: clear
Inscriptions
"Baby Ben" and "WESTCLOX" printed on the face "6 // 53632" engraved on the bottom of the base
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F3-10
Dimension Notes
Length 9.0 cm x Width 5.8 cm x Depth 8.3 cm
Condition Remarks
Some wear on the back where the dials have been rotated.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Internet
Reference Comments
"ClockHistory.com"
Research Facts
This is a series 8 Baby Ben clock; clocks with radium arms and dials were used because it glowed; the painters of these clocks (mostly female) often suffered from skin ulcerations, tumours, and many eventually died.
Images
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Dates
1930
1939
circa 1930-1939
Collection
Gillies Collection
Category
Basic Science Artifacts
Classification
Basic Science, Laboratory Instrumentation
Accession Number
004045011
Description
A metal protractor with a half circle head and an attached handle with an arm that swings around the edge of the circle to accurately take measurements.
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Accession Number
004045011
Collection
Gillies Collection
Category
Basic Science Artifacts
Classification
Basic Science, Laboratory Instrumentation
MeSH Heading
Weights and Measures
MM= Household Articles -- ruler, compass, protractor, timepiece
Description
A metal protractor with a half circle head and an attached handle with an arm that swings around the edge of the circle to accurately take measurements.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
This artifact was used by the donor's uncle Dr. Walter Barnhart during the 1920s to the 1940s in his personal lab; possibly for arthritis research.
Maker
The R. S Starrett Co.
Site Made (City)
Athol
Site Made (State)
Massachusetts
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1930
1939
circa 1930-1939
Date Remarks
The donor states that it was used from the 1920s through to the 1940s; identical item on website dated to 1930s.
Material
metal: silver
Inscriptions
Measurement numbers from 1 to 180 degrees going both ways on the circular edge; "No 19 // THE L.S. STARRETT CO. // ATHOL. MASS. U.S.A." engraved on the protractor; "READ INSIDE SCALE // READ OUTSIDE SCALE" written in pen on a piece of tape on the handle
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F4-7
Dimension Notes
Length 20.1 cm x Width 8.4 cm x Depth 1.2 cm
Condition Remarks
Some scratches and staining.
Reference Types
Person
Internet
JPG
Reference Comments
Richard Gillies; Internet: "goantiques"; CD #9
Research Facts
The donor graduated from medical school in 1955.
Images
Less detail