ONE of a KIND! This Clock which is the one that can be see in some of the images of my radio room. This is an original Neon Radio Advertising clock made by Neon Products of Lima Ohio. It represents my Hometown of Ashland, KY, Radio Station WCMI and Ashland Radio Supply. WCMI has been on the air since 1935, Ashland Radio Supply has long since closed.
I found this clock in Huntington WV at an antique shop around 1990 in rough shape. When found it was complete, nothing missing or broken sans the reverse painted lettering on the glass and it suffered some minor surface rust on the rear metal casing. The original worn and deteriorating text read: "Cunningham Plumbing, WCHS 580 Huntington, W.Va."
WCMI's call letter abbreviation; "Where Coal Meets Iron" relates to ARMCO Steel. ARMCO was a major steel producer during WW-II and employed many of the city of Ashland's adult male residents in the 1940s. North-eastern Kentucky is also a major coal producing area (well it was until Obama's war on coal) .
Ashland radio supply is no more but was one of my favorite hangouts when I was a kid growing up in Ashland and learning about radio & TV servicing. That store was where I got my radio & TV parts and at the young age of 14, I had an account there!
As noted above, the clock is all original except the professionally re-done, reverse painted glass front. The original motor and transformer are still in excellent condition and it keeps good time. I did replace the power cord and repainted the backside metal case with it's original color. I also made a replica sticker identifying the manufacturer, see rear image. If I did not point out the fact that the glass front had been re-painted, I doubt that anyone could tell that it was not originally made this way.
Replica flatwork is one of my specialties and I can create, restore and make reprints of the subject label as well as others and I offer custom work. In addition, I have and offer a restored reprint of an original mail order form from Neon Products of Lima Ohio.
All-in-All an absolutely beautiful example of a 1940s advertising clock. The design allows to sit on a shelf, table or can be hung with small chains.
measures: 18 x 18 x 7"
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