Retailers Ring with Clocks and Cameras

Walking through the stores of retailers from J. Crew to Target, it’s obvious marketers are more fascinated by mechanical gadgetry than digital devices.  Is there really a need for wall clocks and mantle clocks anymore? Probably not, but it seems an increasing number of models with century-old design inspirations are available at Target. While not many film cameras are available, I spotted them being used as props in stores and here in this image on a photo frame for sale in Target. It seems we want “antiques” without condition issues and without looking for them. While on the topic, have you noticed how so many cell phone rings sound like old Bell labs phones? And there are more typewriters around now than when we actually needed them. If there was a way to make a laptop look like an old Corona, we would.

About Art After X

With the death of President Kennedy in 1963, America changed. As hard as it is to minimize that sentiment, the effect of Dallas was even greater. The same year saw the merging of the Dallas Museum for Contemporary Arts, which had been central to the art scene, and the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. Douglas MacAgy, then the director of DMCA, not only opposed the merger, but also declined to directorship of the combined museum. The regionalist movement which had been strong for decades, was giving way to more of an interest in what was going on nationally, and internationally. Like it or not, Dallas was on the national stage.

When the Kennedy’s arrived in Fort Worth, local collectors had decorated a hotel room with internationally-renowned works. While the president and his wife learned a great deal about the ability of Texans to collect major art, there was little they could glean about the local scene in this era-defining city.

With this in mind, we have begun a project to look not back at the art scene in Dallas, but foreword from 1963. We are interviewing gallery owners, curators and others involved in the art scene then, but this will be a story told mostly through interviews with artists active in the city from that point into the 1980s.

The result will be a book with a video component.

We hope you will join us in our journey. The hashtag for the project is #artafterx and the url will point to the latest updates on this weblog.


hi i have a Tambour No. 17 mantle clock that needs a little work because it doesnt run all the time like a few minutes and stops what would cost to fix? and is it worth to fix? thank you –joey

HI Joey, If your clock just needs to be serviced, then it should cost around $100 to get it running again. If it needs to be restored the cost could be upwards of $300. You don’t mention a maker, but if it’s by an American company like New Haven or Seth Thomas the value is probably about the same as it will cost to restore it. So if you like this clock, or it has sentimental value to you, it’s worth repairing. You should be able to find a qualified clock repair person in your area to give you an estimate on what your clock needs.

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