A Coca-Cola clock is a clock designed to advertise the Coca-Cola brand.
The earliest Coca-Cola clocks were manufactured in 1893 by the Baird Clock Company in New York, and sent to sellers as a promotional tool. They featured slogans and Roman numerals, and were replaced in around 1900 by octagonal schoolhouse clocks with pendulums, produced by a variety of companies.
Larger regulator clocks were introduced in around 1905, and often featuerd an illustrated panel beneath the clock face itself. The company also offered a number of smaller desk and mantel clocks for the home until around 1920.
From the 1930s Coca-Cola clocks switched from pendulums to electric models, and from the 1950s these were usually constructed from plastic rather than metal or wood. From the 1950s onwards they were manufactured by a variety of companies, and can be identified by their designs, slogans and illustrations.
Coca-Cola clocks are a popular item for collectors of Coa-Cola memorabilia, as well as vintage advertising collectors. There are a number of online resources, reference books and collector's clubs which can offer information and advice on collecting these clocks, along with other items of Coke memorabilia.
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