Friday, December 2, 2011

TIme For Vintage Book Clocks This Christmas

by Stephen J. Gertz

The good folks at Vintage Book Clocks have created a series of timepieces fashioned from old books, from pulp fiction to an exposé of the beauty industry and from there to, of all things, a history of the Jewish labor movement.

We have a few suggestions for future Vintage Book Clocks that flog the horology for all it's worth:

The Big Clock by Kenneth Fearing

Master Humphrey's Clock by Charles Dickens

The Clock Winder by Anne Tyler

The King of The Great Clock Tower by Wm. Butler Yeats

Thirty Clocks Strike the Hour by Vita Sackville-West

What's O'Clock? by Vincent Starrett

The Thirteen Clocks by James Thurber

The Secret of the Old Clock. A Nancy Drew Mystery by Carolyn Keene

If they want to get into conceptual art with a surreal, existential twist, the best title they could adapt into a clock would surely be Carson McCuller's last novel, The Clock With No Hands (1961),  not to be confused with Oliver Sacks' apocryphal book, The Clock That Didn't Know What Time It Was).

All of Vintage Book Clocks' vintage book clocks are available through the Vintage Book Clocks Etsy store. 

A tip o' the hat to the Annamese lotus-woman of intrigue and mystery, Phung Tran Humphreys, for the lead.

All images courtesy of Vintage Book Clocks at Etsy, with our thanks.

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