WORLD WAR II
Clock, Alarm

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Description "Victory Clock" or "Waralarm" manufactured from "Nonessential war materials"; square body constructed of compressed paper materials; painted black; glass cover; metal internal parts; circular black-on-white face. Imprint on face: "WARALARM" and "MADE IN LA SALLE ILL. U.S.A." Embossed on back: "MAXIMUM PRICE / $1.65 / EXCLUSIVE OF TAXES". Alarm-setting knobs and wind-up knob on back.

Clock production was suspended at the beginning of World War II. This clock was authorized for production by the government to keep workers on time. Factory workers were very important "home front combatants" because they produced badly needed war materials. When a large number of complaints were filed over the lack of alarm clocks to get the workers to the factory on time, the government had to revoke the ban. Alarm clocks such as this "Waralarm" were mainly constructed of paper materials to conserve the use of metals.
Dimensions H-5.75 W-5 D-2.5 inches
Year Range from 1942
Event World War II
Year range to 1945
Material Paper/Metal/Enamel
Object ID 1993.14.1
Object Name Clock, Alarm
Place of Origin La Salle, IL
Related Publications Larson, Bradley G. "Voices of History 1941-1945". Oshkosh Public Museum, 2003.
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