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    An item on clocks and watches also visits the atomic clock at the National Physical Laboratory.

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    Foster Lane EC1, London.

    There is an amazing collection of clocks at Howard Cotton Ltd. C/U shot of the oldest clock, including the works, which dates from 16th century. C/U shot of a blue clock face with roman numerals. M/S of a rolling ball clock, with the ball running up and down channels. M/S Colonel H. Quill looking at the Queen's clock from Windsor Castle. M/S of a King William IV travelling clock, showing the movement and the face.

    M/S of a girl, Patricia Clapton, holding a Japanese sword clock, and a Japanese striking clock, housed in a small box. She demonstrates its winding mechanism C/U of a velvet faced Braille watch, known as a German Lion clock, which is designed to give the time by feel. Harry Brooks is seen winding a grandfather clock. C/U of clock face. C/U of modern clock face.

    M/S two telephones, a girl lifts the receiver to listen to the speaking clock with a panning shot to a complex mechanism, to demonstrate the GPO speaking clock, showing the works. The 'pips' are heard... 'at the third stroke it will be 1.59 and 10 seconds'... C/U of a girl, Wendy Ross, looking at a wristwatch with a dark fur mink strap. She puts it on. C/U of three jewelled watches and a ring watch.

    At the National Physical Laboratory, Mr Eric Hope shows the atomic clock. Eric adds liquid nitrogen at the base. Steam comes up the glass tube. C/U shot of the clock face. C/U shot showing various dials and parts. Eric makes some adjustments. C/U of a man, Oscar Rogers adjusting a parking meter, and closing it up.

    Note : Eric Hope is advisor to the Worshipful Company of Clock Makers.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:41:07:00 / 01:44:05:00
    CP 215

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