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Remember to set your vintage alarm clock ahead one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night. Daylight Savings Time begins at 2:00 am on March 11, so “spring forward” (and then “fall back” as the saying goes, in November). This 4 1/4-inch orange Bakelite clock was made by General Electric and sold for $360 at a Rago auction.

Bakelite alarm clock

Benjamin Franklin first suggested the idea of a time change. He published an essay about the thrift of natural versus artificial light during his stay in Paris in 1784. A century later, in 1907, an English builder, William Willet, suggested it again.

Daylight Savings Time became the law in the U.S. during World War I to conserve resources for the war effort. It was observed for seven month in 1918 and 1919. It wasn’t popular, so it was repealed. Congress reinstated it in 1942 during World War II. Time remained one hour ahead year-round until September 30, 1945. States and towns were then free to observe Daylight Savings Time or not until the passage of The Uniform Time Act of 1966.

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#2 novtubrad 2012-03-07 14:14
The clock is not Bakelite, it is made of Catalin, a much more desireable product.
Here is a link that will help readers tell the difference.
#1 Bakelite Alarm Clockandy 2012-03-07 13:26
Strictly speaking, that General Electric alarm clock was made not by G.E. themselves, but by Telechron, who marketed their electric clocks under both their own name and that of G.E. It contains a Telechron movement inside.

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