#1 War Alarm

In 1944, you literally could not go into a store and buy a new alarm clock.  Those who didn't live next door to a rooster had a pretty fair excuse for being late to work.  To pre-empt an epidemic of tardiness that might hurt the War effort, the War Production Board authorized clockmakers to produce special "war alarms".  For the War Alarm #1, Telechron combined the case (the rear case was reworked), hands and dial from the Warden and the movement and alarm dial from the Reporter   to create a great, simple, little alarm clock.  No bell, luminous numbers or light but full of Telechron dependability.  Later that same year, with the War on its last legs (The Battle of the Bulge, Iwo Jima or Okinawa notwithstanding), Telechron got the OK to begin making consumer clocks again.  The War Alarm became Dispatcher and, along with Telalarm, Telechron was back in the clock business even before the end of hostilities.
 
 

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This is the wife's favorite model.  She thinks they're cute in large groups.  The larger,the better, I say....
                                     
If you can't make it out, it's a bunch well-heeled citizens at an auction falling all over each other to bid on an alarm clock.  Thanks to Tony M. for the pic and for identifying Richard Taylor as the artist and  dating this comic (March, 1944).