Museum displays antique clocks to mark of daylight saving time
March 13, 2018


Inspired by the recent change with daylight saving time, clocks from the early 1900s are on display at the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village.

"The display crew at the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village has dusted off some vintage clocks and put them on display in each of the buildings," Deb Gleason, chair of the village's Display Committee and chair of the city's Historical Preservation Committee, said. "Many of the clocks are from the collection of islander Dale McGinley, who donated them to the village some years ago. The handsome cases are constructed of mahogany, oak and walnut and most date from the early 1900s."

Clocks are on display in every village building with descriptive plaques, and scattered among them are various quotations regarding the use of time:

"Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Louis Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein." - H. Jackson Brown Jr.

"Time is what we want most but what we use worst." - William Penn

More than a dozen clocks are on display, one of which was a wedding gift, marked Ingersoll Striker, Escape Wheel, English Oak Case, c. 1940. An engraved plaque on the front says, "Presented to Miss Marjorie Baker by the Directors of Ingersoll LTD, London, on the occasion of her marriage." Another English clock in an oak case is dated 1935 and marked, "Westminster chime."

The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village is at 950 Dunlop Road, Sanibel. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is $10 for ages 18 and older; youth and members are free. Docent-guided tours are at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at no extra charge, based upon docent availability.

For information, call 239-472-4648 or visit


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