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 Post subject: Remember when?
PostPosted: Jan Mon 22, 2018 6:54 pm 
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All clock images printed in the paper/catalogs pointed to 8:20.


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 Post subject: Re: Remember when?
PostPosted: Jan Mon 22, 2018 7:03 pm 
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That was to cover the winding holes in the face.

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 Post subject: Re: Remember when?
PostPosted: Jan Mon 22, 2018 7:57 pm 
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That may have been, but wristwatches were depicted the same way.


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 Post subject: Re: Remember when?
PostPosted: Jan Tue 23, 2018 12:35 am 
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How about watches? I heard it is typical to show watches at the reverse at ten ten or ten till two or something? Or maybe on watches with complications, set to not block the view of the interesting accessories or brand name?


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 Post subject: Re: Remember when?
PostPosted: Jan Tue 23, 2018 1:04 am 
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I don't know how true it is, but I remember advertisements for clocks or watches or any timepiece
being set at 10:10. Had to look it up and the reason was......

Clocks and watches pictured in advertisements display a time of 10:10 in commemoration of the time of Abraham Lincoln’s death.

The hands on dummy clocks and watches used by jewelers for advertising purposes almost invariably point to eighteen minutes past eight. There is a popular
belief that the man who painted the first of these wooden clocks and watches had just heard of the death of Abraham Lincoln and that he painted

the hands to perpetuate the fatal hour. According to one version of the story, the hands commemorate the exact time of Lincoln’s death, and according to another, the exact time of his assassination. As a matter of fact Lincoln was shot at 10:10 in the evening and died about 7:30 the next morning. But the belief is more conclusively disproved by the fact that these wooden watches and clocks, with the hands pointing to eighteen minutes past eight, were hanging as signs in front of jewelry shops long before the assassination of Lincoln. The real reason for so placing the hands is obvious. It is the most symmetrical arrangement possible for the hands, being pleasing to the eye, and at the same time leaving the greatest possible amount of space for advertising matter, such as the name of the jeweler. It will be noted that at 8:18 the hands are the same distance from the 12 and the 6 and two-thirds of the space on the dial is above the hands.

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 Post subject: Re: Remember when?
PostPosted: Jan Tue 23, 2018 3:45 am 
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I posted this a few years ago:

viewtopic.php?f=2&t=280655&hilit=+clock

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 Post subject: Re: Remember when?
PostPosted: Jan Tue 23, 2018 5:41 am 
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Lincoln was actually shot at 10:15pm, not 10:10pm.

But as others have pointed out in the past, setting it to 10:10 looks like a smile or V for victory, its symmetrical, and does not block the logo/date windows/etc.

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Why is it that roman numeral 4 = IV ... yet almost all roman numeral clocks use IIII ?
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 Post subject: Re: Remember when?
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Pbpix wrote:
Why is it that roman numeral 4 = IV ... yet almost all roman numeral clocks use IIII ?
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I suppose that one who is dyslexic would confuse IV with VI? :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Remember when?
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Number 6 wrote:
Pbpix wrote:
Why is it that roman numeral 4 = IV ... yet almost all roman numeral clocks use IIII ?
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I suppose that one who is dyslexic would confuse IV with VI? :lol:

If so... then it would screw up all the others... like 9 and 11

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 Post subject: Re: Remember when?
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I remember reading something about the Romans not using IV because it was a short form of the god Jupiter, in some way or other only understandable to Romans.


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 Post subject: Re: Remember when?
PostPosted: Jan Tue 23, 2018 11:04 pm 
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David Stringer wrote:
I remember reading something about the Romans not using IV because it was a short form of the god Jupiter, in some way or other only understandable to Romans.


So let's see: ... what was the rule?

I before V unless after C or when over 500 as when you use D

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