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Monday, December 17, 2012

Speed read cube lite flip clock, model 0854-000 | Seth Thomas, Talley Industries | United States of America | ca. 1972

While we’re on cube clocks by Seth Thomas, this is another that has retro written all over it.  Here is a plastic cased flip number clock named “Speed read cube lite”. I have found the clock in four color finishes.  A vintage advertisement for the clock lists three of these four. Blue is catalog number 854, white is catalog number 855, wood grain is catalog number 856, and yellow is catalog number 857.  If there are any more colors you happen to know about, please comment!

Color Catalog number
Blue 854
White 855
Wood grain 856
Yellow 857
 
The clock is given model 0854-000 and is approximately 4-1/2” on a side. It operates on AC and must be plugged in, it is not battery operated.  A large dial on the left side of the cube is used to set the clock.  The yellow and blue cubes have a dial that matches the dial.  The white and wood grain cubes have a black dial.  I like the sunshine yellow color best, so it’s coming first in the post.

Seth Thomas was born in Wolcott, Connecticut in 1785. He went to work for clockmaker Eli Terry in 1807 and together with Silas Hoadley bought out Terry’s factory in 1810. In 1930 a holding company named General Time Instruments Corporation was formed to unite Seth Thomas Clock Company with Western Clock Company. In 1968, General Time was bought by Talley Industries, and in 1979 their headquarters was moved to Norcross, GA. In June, 2001, General Time announced that it was closing its entire operation.

From the November 26, 1972 issue of the Reading Eagle, Reading, PA. 

Seth Thomas Speed read cube lite flip clock, advertisement


Not for Squares!
NEW SPEED-READ CUBE LITE CLOCK


Seth Thomas logo
Today’s new-style time– in high fashion colors, smart cube shape. Easy-read numbers even from a distance. Lighted dial, quiet electric powered. Very modern touch for any room. Blue, yellow, or white–only 4 1/4” space.


$16.00

Yellow

Seth Thomas Speed read cube lite flip clock, yellow

This clock was sold from etsy.com on May 24, 2011. The Speed read cube lite is a relatively common clock that can be had for a reasonable price.

Seth Thomas Speed read cube lite flip clock, yellowSeth Thomas Speed read cube lite flip clock, yellowSeth Thomas Speed read cube lite flip clock, yellow

Blue

A Seth Thomas Speed-read cube lite clock in a blue case. It is given catalog number 854. From eBay.

Seth Thomas Speed read cube lite flip clock, blueSeth Thomas Speed read cube lite flip clock, blue

White

A Seth Thomas Speed-read cube lite clock in a white case. It is given catalog number 855. From eBay.

Seth Thomas Speed read cube lite flip clock, whiteSeth Thomas Speed read cube lite flip clock, white

Wood grain

A Seth Thomas Speed-read cube lite clock in a wood grain finish case.  It is given catalog number 856.  From eBay.

Seth Thomas Speed read cube lite flip clock, woodSeth Thomas Speed read cube lite flip clock, wood with boxSeth Thomas Speed read cube lite flip clock, wood with box

More views of the Speed read cube lite clock box.

Seth Thomas Speed read cube lite flip clock, wood

References

New speed-read cube lite clock advertisement. (1972, November 26). Reading Eagle, p. 53.

Seth Thomas company history.  Retrieved December 15, 2012 from http://clockhistory.com/sethThomas/company/index.html.


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