• L. L. Moore
  • Louis Hoffman? street clock

2nd Ave from Spring St, Seattle, circa 1911

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Once again I'll try to date it purely by clocks.

On the left we have two clocks. Just next to the streetcar is a dark clock, owned by L. L. Moore. We saw this clock recently down at 2nd and Cherry in front of the Hoge Building. When the Hoge was destroyed in 1909, Moore moved up here in front of the Leary Building between Spring and Madison. He was here until 1913, when he sold his business to drill for oil in Ballard. Albert Hansen moved in here at that point, eschewing Seattle's jeweler origins down at 1st and Cherry for the swank push up 2nd.

So we've got a bounding range, 1909 to 1913.

Next door to L. L. Moore is a clock spot that is new to me. It seems to have been owned by Louis Hoffman, 1016 2nd - he's the only jeweler I have in this spot in this range, and only for one year in 1911.

1911 is my guess. Perhaps a year earlier?

This is really exciting for me. In the 6 cards that I've posted in the last week or so, I've found 3 new clocks (or new location/owners of clocks). I now have 637 pieces of "evidence" of a clock in a location at a specific time in Seattle.

Postcard number 1071 - Second Ave South from Spring, Seattle, Washington, published by Mitchell

  1. Dawn Bentley 38 months ago | reply

    This is great. What an interesting process-thanks for sharing.

  2. pmiddents 14 months ago | reply

    The Louis Hoffman clock is an early production model Mayer with triple side lamps--much like the Benton clock in the U District. 1911 was a big year for this model clock.
    Paul Middents

  3. pmiddents 10 months ago | reply

    Seattle Times May 29, 1911 reports that Joseph Mayer & Bros. along with two other creditors petitioned the courts to declare Hoffman an involuntary bankrupt. He probably owed them for this clock.

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