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Barber and Clocks

From The American Horologist and Jeweler magazine, January, 1946

Barber and Clocks

Andy Levandusky, North Chicago barber, has 54 CLOCKS on the walls of his barber shop. Collecting old CLOCKS is his hobby. At one TIME his collection numbered 119, but at present because of recent wartime sales, it totals only 80. 

It all began when Levandusky traded his shop-CLOCK to a peddler for what appeared to be a worthless old-fashioned CLOCK. However, when several layers of paint were removed, Levandusky found himself the owner of a beautiful antique mahogany TIME piece.

The older CLOCKS are operated by weights. The use of springs did not begin until after the turn of the 18th century, he said. The oldest CLOCK in his collection is a W a terbury shelf CLOCK, made in 1818.

He also has a calendar CLOCK. Manufactured in 1865, this CLOCK tells not only the HOUR of the DAY, but the DAY of the MONTH, and the MONTH of the YEAR. It is weight driven and must be wound every eight DAYS. Its pendulum is a magnifying glass.

The collection prize is a musical CLOCK of a steeple design, about nine inches. in height, which was made in Germany. Another CLOCK he bought from a Louisville, Kentucky blacksmith who said it had been left with him by Jesse James, the famous outlaw. Officers at the nearby Great Lakes naval training station, Levandusky said, have been heavy purchasers of his CLOCKS during the last two years. 

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