Maker, Warren Telechron, Inc., Ashland, Massachusetts,
USA. Model Type E, c. early 1930's, serial no. 17.
The first photo shows a pre-production prototype of the Type E. The same 'off the
shelf' dial is used in this mockup as is used in the early production models. This dial
was likely taken from Telechron's domestic clock stock. A few examples are shown above.
The second photo has the identical style of hands and dial. This model was marketed as the
Victoria during the years of 1928 to 1932; the same time as when the Type E was
made. The next photo shows the Vanity, marketed during the same period. Note the
identical bezel design as used on the Type E. Notice the circle cut out below the 12
o'clock position. This was featured in most of Telechron's' production clocks and was an
indicator to show if power was interrupted to the clock. If this happened, the circle
would show red from a flag being actuated behind it so the owner would know he was looking
at an incorrect time. This feature would not be needed in this application as any failure
would be immediately apparent in the interruption of the control function to the power
house generators and so the hole simply has a piece of metal glued behind it. The few
production models that were made had this same dial which was stylistically, completely
out of step with the rest of the clock. Most likely it was chosen because its size was
convenient. and would have been substituted with a more modern looking dial and set of
hands when production got up to speed. as this never happened, the redesigned dial was
never fabricated. The one minute contact system seen immediately to the left of the dial
is a direct off the shelf version that was used in Warren's Type A. Mr. Warren appears to
have been a frugal engineer!
Notice also that the center disk that supports the movement is made of wood and has no
provision for a channel to secure the glass cylinders. Another indication that this was a
mockup photo since such an arrangement could never sustain a partial vacuum. The barometer
is also a standard domestic type; its dial depicting the standard indications of weather -
'Rain, Change, Fair'. This was probably added to emphasize that the clock was meant to be
run in a vacuum to control barometric interference that effect a conventional clock.
Only a few of the wires necessary to run the movement are present in this photo.
Photo from NAWCC Bulletin August 1991.