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|Exterior of the building and its clock tower: This historic 1892 building served as San Jose's post office from 1892 to 1933. Now it is home for the San Jose Museum of Art. The tower displays clock faces on the north, south and west sides, but is blank on the east side.|
|First, up a steep ladder
There is a staircase (right) after the first landing.
|Clock historian Gibson Anderson observing the 500 lb time driving weight||Cast iron pendulum bob
at end of 14-foot rod
|Drive rods to the three faces||Hour and minute hand gears|
Left: escapement mechanism
Right: A clock winder left
a note one cold morning.
|The McNeely Bell: Tower bells are meant to be placed high in a belfry, as was the original bell (destroyed in 1906). The bell now is a level below the clock faces next to the clock works. While it sounds quite loud within the tower it cannot be heard outside the building. An effort is underway to restore the tower belfry.|
|Information and Commentary on the 1908 Nels Johnson Century Clock - by Dorian Clair, April 2006|
|Copyright © 2006, 2010 Bob Shomler|
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