Vintage Photograph From 1959 Shows a Different Clock Dominating Grand Central Terminal's Main Concourse

Aug. 7, 1959: A 15-foot clock hung over the bustle of Grand Central Terminal, sporting an advertisement for its maker, Westclox (appearing on Page 19 of this issue). The clock would bear the logos of several companies through the years; eventually, it was removed.
Aug. 7, 1959: A 15-foot clock hung over the bustle of Grand Central Terminal, sporting an advertisement for its maker, Westclox (appearing on Page 19 of this issue). The clock would bear the logos of several companies through the years; eventually, it was removed.

The Lively Morgue is a daily photo blog from the New York Times in which an original photo from the newspaper's archives is reposted along with tidbits of information gleaned from the historical article it accompanied. Along with a rescan of the original photograph, the backs of each photo are also scanned, giving a behind-the-scenes look at the editorial process of one of the world's best newspapers.

Today's posting features a shot from August 7th, 1959 and shows a huge non-Tiffany clock dominating the Main Concourse of Grand Central Terminal.

Aug. 7, 1959: A 15-foot clock hung over the bustle of Grand Central Terminal, sporting an advertisement for its maker, Westclox (appearing on Page 19 of this issue). The clock would bear the logos of several companies through the years; eventually, it was removed.

The original article from 1959 has more.

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Matt Coneybeare

Matt Coneybeare

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's food scene with his Wife and the outdoors with their dog. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time eating, running, and working on cool stuff.

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