7H241  The Snooz-Alarm

The new General Electric-Telechron Snooz-Alarm is the world's most humane alarm clock.  When the alarm sounds you just tap the control bar.  The Snooz-Alarm will be silent and lets you sleep--but only for a few minutes.  Then the alarm will sound again.  Want to sleep a few minutes more?  Tap the control bar again.  After several minutes the Snooz-Alarm is heard from again --automatically!

Snooz-Alarm is electric.  Like all General Electric-Telechron alarms, it will wake you for sure because it:

                1. sounds for 45 minutes unless shut off
                2. can't run down during the night
                3. never needs winding
                4. stays on time to the minute

Although GE-Telechron eventually settled on the well-known, around-nine-minute-reverse-rack snooze gear, the very first examples of the 7H241 let you snooze 15 minutes or more.  (Read more below.)
back to the End of Designto the 7H242 Etching


The second generation, 7HA241 had a luminous dial.

  Snooze-Feature Clock

Set and operated the same way as a regular alarm, this G-E Telechron Snooz Alarm clock features extra sleep time for user. When alarm goes off in the morning, owner can gain extra sleep time by depressing Snooz-Alarm button on clock's top. This action stops alarm and allows about 15 minutes' quiet before alarm rings again. If button is depressed once more, a final 15-minute sleep period is gained. Priced under $10, clock is offered in soft pastel gray.

The very earliest Snooz Alarms let their owners snooze for about 15 minutes (I timed mine to 16-17).  Presumably, this was too long for someone and the whole snooze mechanism had to be redesigned.  Evidently, they couldn't get the above system to give you any less sack time.  It wasn't until February 2022 before I discovered one of these old Snooz Alarms in the flesh.  The mechanism is more robust than the common "snooz system" used on clocks through the 70's at least.  In essence, you push down on the Snooze Button, that pushes down the Hoozits Lever (and the button pops back UP!) and that in turn pushes down on the Counter-Camifier which swings out and pushes the cam gear back to arrest the buzzer.  As the cam gear continues to turn counter-clockwise, the friction moves the the C-C back up until it's allowed to collapse upward and sets off the alarm again!  Some of these very early 7H241s had the "SNOOZ ALARM" name next to the model number but some did not.  Other than that, you won't be able to tell by looking whether you have an early one.
From Hardware Age, 2 February 1956