FDR Man of the Hour clock
The FDR Man of the Hour clock is a commemorative novelty clock featuring a depiction of the U.S president Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Franklin D. Roosevelt was the 32nd President of the United States, and the longest-serving in the country’s history. He is the only U.S president to be elected to more than two terms of office, and led the country through some of its most defining 20th century events such as the Great Depression and World War II.
Roosevelt was responsible for the New deal which helped bring the country out of economic depression, ended the period of Prohibition which had made alcohol sale and production illegal, and declared war on Japan after the attack on Pearl Harbour in 1941.
The FDR ‘Man of the Hour’ clock
The clocks were manufactured in 1933 by the United Electric Clock company of Brooklyn, New York. They feature a statue of Roosevelt steering a ship’s wheel, with the motto “FDR, the man of the hour” engraved on the front of the base.
The clocks were created to celebrate both the election of Roosevelt, who was seen as a new ‘captain’ that would steady the ship of the United States, and the end of prohibition. The face of the clock itself is animated, and features a cartoon of a bar scene in which the bartended shakes a cocktail shaker when the mechanism is wound.
How much is a FDR ‘Man of the Hour’ clock worth?
Original FDR ‘Man of the Hour’ clocks in good working order can be hard to find, with the majority of examples available not functioning. Clocks in working order can sell for $50 to $200 depending on their condition, with non-working examples available on sites such as eBay for less than $50.
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