• Short Summary

    In an age when Apollo astronauts have their sleep timed to the nearest tenth of a second, and most of the world's population have their work-day timed to the nearest minute, it is pleasant to go back to a time when the art of time-keeping had not yet become a science.

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    In an age when Apollo astronauts have their sleep timed to the nearest tenth of a second, and most of the world's population have their work-day timed to the nearest minute, it is pleasant to go back to a time when the art of time-keeping had not yet become a science.

    In the Frankfurt Crafts Museum, a display of clocks goes back to such a time. They range over four centuries, and have been loaned by clock-collectors from all over Europe especially for this Christmas exhibition.

    The collection includes a French clock, the dial of which is held by a statue of the Three Fates--the female figures from Greek mythology who spun, and cut, the thread of life. Only one of these clocks was ever made.

    Also displayed is a fearsome Seventeenth-century alarm-clock, claimed to be the first made. When the appointed hour comes, a hammer falls, igniting a small charge of gun-powder....and lighting a candle to get up by.

    SYNOPSIS: In West Germany's Frankfurt Museum, a special exhibition of old clocks. Some date back to the seventeenth century, such as this alarm-clock, which fires a charge of gun-powder. But there were gentler ways of waking up.....

    This is the only known example of its type, a bronze pendulum clock made in France in eighteen-twenty. The mythological Three Fates hold the dial.

    One of the earlier pieces in the exhibition, this crystal-cased necklace-watch was made in Southern Germany in sixteen-hundred. These enamelled pocket-watches were crafted two centuries later by Georg Braun, a German emigre living in England. But all the clocks and watches have one thing in common-they all come from an age when the art of time-keeping had not yet become a science.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2E4EM856P4YG9B0W5E23N87ME
    Media URN:
    VLVA2E4EM856P4YG9B0W5E23N87ME
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/12/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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