Clocks at Winterthur Museum


The 2016 Ward Francillion Symposium will be held October 6 – 8, 2016, at the Winterthur Museum in Wilmington, DE. The symposium is sponsored by the National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors (NAWCC) and will focus exclusively on the museum’s horological pieces.

Winterthur is one of America’s top-rated house museums and boasts a premier collection of 90,000 decorative and fine arts objects made or used in the USA between 1640 and 1860.

A lineup of eminent speakers will address important clocks and watches in the collection, highlighting their makers, regions, craftsmanship, and cultural significance.

The public is welcome and registration is open to all. For more information click here.

Free Webinars Offered by NAWCC



The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors is offering an ongoing program of free webinars covering a wide variety of horological topics. These presentations offer you an excellent opportunity to hear speakers from across the country, right from the comfort of your own home.

For details, more information, and to view past webinars click here.

What’s a “Webinar?” It’s a lecture or presentation that is broadcast live over the internet and viewable on your computer. You can access the web broadcast live or if  more convenient, view the recorded version later.

After you register, you’ll receive an immediate email confirmation and later a follow-up email reminder on the day of the webinar. The email notice will include link to join the presentation. In case you’re not able to view the program live, you can register in advance and afterwards receive a follow-up email with a direct link to the recording.

To check out the system requirements for your computer click this link. 

Visit the NAWCC Museum Collection From Your Home


Did you know…

BLOG-NAWCC-#2_explorecollectionyou can visit the entire collection at the National Watch & Clock Museum from the comfort of your own home? With a click of your mouse or a touch of your finger, you can explore the Museum’s online database containing thousands of objects and images.

You’re invited to join Museum Director Noel Poirier for a “how-to” on using the Museum’s Online Collection Database. The event takes place on Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 7pm EST.  There is no charge for the webinar.

After registering, you’ll receive a confirmation email with details about joining the webinar. Be sure you view system requirements before logging on to confirm that you’ll be able to access the program. This information will be found in registration link and registration confirmation. If you can’t attend this webinar live, and would like to view a recording of it,  just register for the webinar and you will be automatically notified when a recording is available.

Register online here. For more Information, or to register, contact Katie Knaub: (717) 684-8261, ext. 237 •

2015 Ward Francillon Time Symposium – Mechanical Music & Marvels


This year’s Ward Francillon Time Symposium will be held on October 22-24 in Houston, Texas. The event will cover the history and development of clockwork-operated devices. Topics will include historical information, musical clocks, automatons, disc and cylinder music boxes, bird boxes and whistlers, Black Forest clocks, musical clock movements played on bells, early spring operated phonographs and gramophones, and music composed for these devices.

Additionally, a panel discussion concerning what to look for and avoid when purchasing a musical mechanism will be held.

As a bonus, the Symposium will include tours of two large private collections.

Registration is open to the public.For more information go to

Top 26 Clock Jokes: What time Is It?… It’s Time To Laugh!


Riddle-#3xLaughingThere is an old proverb that says, “What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul.” We all know that a good laugh can make us feel good. But did you know that laughing can actually cause positive changes in the body that protect us from disease? It’s like having a mini workout; our muscles get exercised, blood flow increases, our immune system gets a boost and stress hormones decrease.

And since clocks is what we’re all about, what better subject could we pick than time and clocks to stir a laugh or two out of you?

So here’s our lineup of 26 clock jokes. The first 14 are our very own Well Made Clock creations. Happy laughing!

Q: Why did the scientist drop a wrist watch into his flask?
A: He was looking for a timely solution.

Q: Why was the clock in the gazebo?
A: It was time out.

Q: What did the robber say to the clock?
A: Hands up!

Q: What does a wall clock do after it stops ticking?
A: It hangs around.

Q: What do you call a tense clock?
A: All wound up.

Q: What did the street clock say to the tower clock?
A: High there!

Q: Where did the clock finish the race?
A: Wherever it wound up.

Q: Why did the historian measure a clock?
A: To know the beginning and end of time.

Q: “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and loose his soul” Mark 8:36 —This is not a joke.

Q: What did the second hand say to the hour hand as it passed by?
A: See you again in a minute.

Q: Why didn’t the cuckoo come out of his door?
A: He had stage fright.

Q: Why did the pendulum stop moving?
A: It lost its swing.

Q: Why did the tardy man stop to purchase a clock?
A: He wanted to buy time.

Q: What do you call a story that one clock tells to another?
A: Second hand information.

Q: What did the unwound clock say to its owner?
A: It’s about time!

Q: What did the watch say to the clock?
A: Hour you doing?

Q: Why did the girl sit on her watch?
A: She wanted to be on time!

Q: Why did the man throw the clock out the window?
A: He wanted to see time fly.

Q: What do you get when you cross a clock and a chicken?
A: A cluck

Q: How can you tell if a clock is hungry?
A: It’ll go back four seconds!

Q: What dog always knows the time?
A: A watch dog.

Q: What time was it when the elephant sat on the clock?
A: Time to get a new clock.

Q: Why did the man put a clock under his desk?
A: He wanted to work over time.

Q: What happens when you annoy a clock?
A: It gets ticked off.

Q: Why didn’t the clock work?
A: It needed a hand.

Q: What do you call a grandfather clock?
A: An old timer.

Q: Why did the boy put an alarm clock in his shoe?
A: He didn’t want his foot to fall asleep.

Q: Why did the clock get sent to the principal’s office?
A: It was tocking too much.

Q: What time does the duck wake up?
A: At the quack of dawn.

Q: What candy never arrives on time?
A: Choco-late.

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