Second and Columbia, c. July 1914

The clock in the foreground disappeared sometime after 1924. There was another clock just like it that arrived in 1908, the same year as this. In parentheses I've left my mistaken history of the clock:


(In the foreground is my favorite clock in Seattle. Well okay, it hasn't been in Seattle for almost 50 years - it resides in California. But I love old photos of it. I love this clock because it's silly and looks like a pocketwatch. The other clocks can be a bit full of themselves, but this one is very friendly.)


(During its time here, it moved around quite a bit. Apparently, street clocks do that. Check out the comments for another photo of it, near the Pike Place Market.)


Some day soon I'll publish my database of every street clock that's ever been in Seattle, and where they've been at. This photo supplied 3 of the 500 entries in the database. In the far distance is the Stacy Shown street clock, before he moved it in front of the Smith Tower next door and added on some fancy lights. Check out comments for that clock today. Back behind the pocketwatch clock is another which I'm still developing a lineage for.


(Five years later, I've finally published the database,


BTW, this was an undated postcard. But the street construction on 2nd pins this to 1914. And the decorations on the lamp posts were for the Golden Potlatch, which ran in July. By August the decorations were down already.

  • Rob Ketcherside 5y

    This is incorrect information. There were two identical clocks in Seattle, and the below photo is the other one, and I've got the history of that clock here --

    Here's the pocketwatch in 1953. It had passed through the hands of R. L. Cole (on the dial), and was owned by James Sender. Sender sent it off with a clock collector to California in the '60s. It's changed hands a few times since then. I know who owns it, but he won't reply to my emails.

    City bus, 1953 by Seattle Municipal Archives

    (Seattle Municipal Archives)
  • Rob Ketcherside 5y

    And here's the Stacy Shown clock today in Mukilteo. Click through for a link to its glory days with new lights in front of the Smith Tower, 1918. After Smith Tower it moved a few blocks away, and then up to Edmonds for a short time before making its way to the Mukilteo Speedway.
    Stacy Shown Clock (1918 and 2010) by Rob Ketcherside
  • Rob Ketcherside 5y

    Looking back at this scene through the Rainier Beer sign:
    L. C. Smith Building, Seattle, Washington by UW Digital Collections
  • Rob Ketcherside 5y

    Again, this is the wrong clock --

    Another photo with the pocket watch clock, taken from Pike:
    Looking up Pike Street from First Avenue, 1930 by Seattle Municipal Archives
  • Rob Ketcherside 2y

    The Wolfe/Pike connection is false. There were two of this style in Seattle.
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