Monday, July 30, 2007

Manufactured Time

1513 First Avenue
at 79th Street

Notice the acorn on the casing? No oak tree will be growing from this bank's clock.

Manufacturers Hanover Trust
40 East 42nd Street at Madison Avenue

Perfectly utilitarian, which is more than we can say for Manufacturers Hanover Trust these days.

Manufacturers Hanover Trust
10th Avenue between 56th and 57th Street

This mantle clock always reminded me of the Seth Thomas clock my mother inherited from an uncle. Hers didn't have the barbed wire pigeon-detractor, but it didn't work either.

It's a Chemical Thing

Chemical Bank
275 Madison Avenue at 40th Street

A deco delight appropriately situated around the corner from the greatest deco edifice, The Chrysler Building.

Time to Save

When I was about six years old, I started a savings account at a local bank. In exchange for giving the bank my stack of quarters (of which I was extremely proud) I received a "piggy" bank in the shape of a clock with the words, TIME TO SAVE, etched on the front. Today a more updated logo would read: TIME TO SAVE OUR SAVINGS BANKS.

The following clocks all represent banks that are no longer in business, having been dissolved into larger institutions or simply having gone out of business.

Bankers Federal
130 Second Avenue at St. Marks

Bank Leumi
533 Seventh Avenue at 39th Street

This deco design was always a favorite, something straight out of a Bette Davis movie. Why ask for the moon when we have this gorgeous clock?

Bank Leumi
85 Delancy Street

Deco meets Classical meets Roman. Meets Broken.

Originally The Industrial Bank,
then National Westminster Bank
72 Second Avenue at 4th Street

Roaring eagles from the Roaring Twenties.

Originally Manhattan Savings Bank
(site of Wanamaker Department Store Annex)
770 Broadway at 9th Street

Too bad this space-age clock didn't make it into the 21st century.