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    The Colgate Clock is an octagonal clock in Jersey City, promoted as being the largest clock in the entire world. It is situated in front of the site of the former headquarters of consumer products conglomerate Colgate-Palmolive, which until the 1980s was based out of Jersey City. It is fifty feet in diameter, faces the Hudson River, and is clearly visible from Manhattan's west side.

    The current Colgate Clock was built in 1924 to replace an earlier, smaller clock designed by Colgate engineer Warren Day and constructed by the Seth Thomas Clock Company for the centennial of the Colgate Company in 1906. That clock, second only in size to its replacement, was relocated to a Colgate factory in Clarksville, Indiana.

    As of 2005, the Colgate Clock stands on an otherwise empty lot; all of the other old buildings in the complex were razed in 1985, when Colgate left New Jersey. There are currently plans to move the clock, 100 meters away from the Goldman Sachs Tower, in order to use the lot it stands upon for other purposes. The construction of that Tower in the early 20004 forced a minor relocation southward to its current location, and a significant reduction in the size of the Colgate advertisement attached to it.

    Explore: October 26, 2006

    talialeone, Frank Moon, TimSPC, and 23 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. cc_cassidy 91 months ago | reply

      Thanks for posting the lovely pix of the colgate clock. My uncle, John Hammer, was the head electrician for Colgate and he was in charge of maintaining and setting the famous clock. He said he always got calls from people in Manhattan telling him the time was off! Lovely pix and history, thanks again!

    2. btezra [deleted] 90 months ago | reply

      ~I truly appreciate the commentary here that adds considerable depth to the image, it's a document of a time that has passed in a city that has seen better times, it's an icon representing the reach and size of Col-Pal...~

    3. wallyg 90 months ago | reply

      the city's also seen worse times too.

    4. TimSPC 90 months ago | reply

      I love the Colgate Clock. As a kid, I remember traveling back and forth between Brooklyn and Jersey to visit my grandma, aunts and uncles. On the way back, coming out of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and turning onto the West Side Highway, we'd always see the Colgate Clock. I remember when it looked like a huge tube of toothpaste, with the word COLGATE on the tube and the octagonal clock face being the cap. Now, with all the development in lower Manhattan, you can barely see the clock.

      When I lived in Jersey City, I loved to ride my bike right past there. Just an lot sitting next to the biggest building in the state. I'm glad it's still there.

    5. jelens 86 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called time flies, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

    6. jelens 86 months ago | reply

      Thank you!!!:-))

    7. golden haze 84 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Time to share, Shades to wear, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

    8. golden haze 84 months ago | reply

      what a Fab clock, thanks for adding it to the group

    9. mowtruck8 60 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called worlds largest clocks and clock faces, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    10. richy240 [deleted] 57 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called All Clocks, All the Time, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    11. foxylady's stardust (From here to Ipernity) 50 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called In the Nick of Time, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    12. New Hampshire Public Radio 50 months ago | reply

      Hi there,

      Just wanted to let you know we used a copy of this photo for our show Word of Mouth, for a blog entry on changing clocks at Daylight Savings Time. Here's a link if you'd like to see it:

      www.nhpr.org/node/31615

      Thanks for sharing this photo through Creative Commons!

      Best,
      Brady
      NHPR

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