International Time Recorder of Endicott, New York. A time clock with autograph recorder and bell ringing set up. Style Number 3000.

This very interesting clock was used as a time clock in a work environment of some kind. It was at one time shipped by the ITR Company to a Frederick Frances (Spelling?) in Worcester, Massachusetts on 10-31-22. Once installed, an employee would be required to sign their name as they entered and left the building. They would sign on a roll of paper that is located behind a window located below the glass door. By depressing the lever located on the left side of the case, the metal shutter would open to expose a clean piece of paper. It is in this location, above the clear glass window that you would sign your name. Pull the lever some more and the time would record next to your name, a bell would ring and the window would close. At the end of each week, an accountant would inspect this registrar and tally the hours worked. One would be paid accordingly.

This very unusual model is in fine original condition. It is considered the model “3000-0.” The long case is constructed in solid oak and retains a wonderful period finish. The metal dial is in wonderful original condition. It is nicely decorated and displays the time. An Arabic font is used to indicate the hours. This dial also incorporates a seconds display. It is very unusual for a time clock to display the seconds and was most likely added as a special order. The Maker’s name and working location are printed on the metal dial. The graphics are excellent. Wind or power indicators are also located on the dial. The clock is fully wound when the arrows are located at the top of the slots. As the clock is running, the arrows display the urgency in which the clock movement needs to be wound. The arrows descend or lower as it uses up the power that is stored in the two large coiled springs. This time only movement is robustly constructed in brass and is designed to run eight-days on a full wind. The movement also powers the lower time tracking mechanism through a steel shaft or PTO. This can been seen through the glass door and is positioned in front of the nickel plated pendulum bob that is support by a wooden rod. Also on display behind the glass door is a large steel wheel. This is a mechanism that when set up, is designed to ring bells. The bells would be connected by wires and could be positioned just about anywhere one wanted, as long as you could make the wire connection between the two. This steel wheel, as well as some of the other visible gearing are finished in a shinny nickle finish. This provides a great visual for those that like mechanical items or the industrial look.

This clock was made circa 1922. This case measures approximately 45.5 inches long, 17.5 inches wide and 14 inches deep.

The International Time Recording Company’s business office was located at 50 Broad Street in Endicott, New York between the years 1901-1924. During this time period, this firm continuously expanded its product line, underwent several reorganizations and name changes, and emerged in 1924 as the International Business Machine Corporation, familiar today as IBM. Some of the companies it acquired include the Chicago Time Register Company, Day Time Register Company, The Syracuse Time Recording Company, Bundy, Willard & Frick and Standard.

As many businesses became larger and wages more competitive, a worker’s attendance record became very important to his or her employer. As a result, time clocks were introduced to this environment to help with the tracking of one’s punctually. Workers were then paid based on the number of hours they had logged in. This became the expected behavior toward the end of the 19th century. This is really a result of the shift from self employment towards working for others. With this change came the advent of cost accounting. In other words the analysis and scrutinizing of expenses such as labor, materials and overhead. Time was money. By approximately 1915, nearly every industrial workplace and office had a time clock. By the early twentieth century, several companies, like the International Time Recording Company, supplied an entire line of timekeeping devices, including master clocks and their slaves, various models of time clocks, and time stamps.

About International Time Recording Company of Endicott, New York.

The International Time Recording Company’s business office was located at 50 Broad Street in Endicott, New York between the years 1901-1924. During this time period, this firm continuously expanded its product line, underwent several reorganizations and name changes, and emerged in 1924 as the International Business Machine Corporation, familiar today as IBM. Some of the companies it acquired include the Chicago Time Register Company, Day Time Register Company, The Syracuse Time Recording Company, Bundy, Willard & Frick and Standard.

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