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Pocket Sun Dials

From The American Horologist and Jeweler magazine, October, 1946

Pocket Sun Dials

Necessity is the mother of invention -particularly when it comes to timepieces! The shortage of watches in Europe has resulted in the production of a practical sun dial that can be carried around much as a pocket watch, and which is a fairly accurate timepiece-in the daytime and when the sun is shining.

There is one other complication. Different dials are necessary for each part of the country to make the timepieces practical.

Even so, the pocket sun dials are being produced at the rate of more - than 10,000 per day. The dials were developed by a German inventor.

-Ted Douglas


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