We have always considered and collected these commercial masks and helmets as industries tribal art. Examples can be elegant in their simplicity or bazaar and complex. They are always unique, suprising and filled with personality.
Recording Dial Clock by the International Time Recording Company
A Recording Dial Clock by the International Time Recording Company, Endicott, New York. In the original Oak case and (the first we have ever seen) original table stand. The dial measures 30″ diameter. Hight on the table is 71″. When plugged in the interior light comes on and the clock motor hums.
NOTE: From the American History Museum website: “at the end of the 1800s, early 1900s the industrial revolution was taking place and large numbers of people were taking jobs in the cities. Being punctual was the expected behavior as “time is money” attitude prevailed. Also, recording and scrutinizing expenses for labor, materials and overhead were getting more attention than ever before. By the early twentieth century the International Time Recording Company supplied an entire line of timekeeping devices, including master clocks, several types of time clocks, and time stamps. Founded in 1900, the firm continuously expanded its product line, underwent several reorganizations and name changes, and emerged in 1924 as the International Business Machine Corporation, familiar today as IBM. One of the firm’s most popular products was the dial time recorder, a clock that could furnish a daily or weekly record of up to 100 employees (or visitors). Based on the 1888 patent of physician Dr. Alexander Dey, the dial time recorder was essentially a spring-driven clock with a cast-iron wheel affixed to its dial side. The rim of the wheel was perforated with numbered holes. As employees (or visitors) pressed a rotating pointer into the hole at their assigned number, the machine recorded the time on a preprinted sheet and rang a (welcome) bell with each punch. A two-color ribbon printed all regular time in green and all tardiness, early departures, and overtime in red….