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openings in the back of the case for the set knobs? The clocks
of this era had holes large enough to pass the knobs through, allowing
you to assemble the movement before you put it into the case. Prior
to this, the holes were just large enough to pass the shafts through.
This kept dust from getting in there (although plenty of 30's alarms had
extra holes to allow the noise of the bell to be heard loud and clear!)
but made assembly faster.
|Telechron Tidbit - Cycles
The number of cycles in your alternating current probably isn't something you think about every day but cycles--not voltage--are what keep your Telechron on-time. The U.S. is currently on a 60-cycle standard but that wasn't always so. As recently as the War, parts of America and Canada ran on 25-cycle AC, 30 or 50-cycle AC and even direct current! Whenever you see a red tag (like one above) on the back or underside of a Telechron or G.E. model, that's a warning that this clock was built with a non-standard (60 cycle) rotor. MOST red-tagged Telechrons you'll come across were converted with 60-cycle rotors at some point but not all. If your clock is gaining time, you may have one of these old, rare non-standard rotors.