Inspired by the recent change to daylight savings time, clocks from the early 1900s are on display at the Sanibel Historical 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,” explained Deb Gleason, chair of the village’s Display Committee and chair of the city’s Historical Preservation Committee. “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,” Gleason added.
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 open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Full guided tours take place at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at no additional charge, depending on docent availability. The Sanibel Historical Village is located at 950 Dunlop Road (next to BIG ARTS) and there is handicap access. Admission is $10 for adults (18 and over). Members and children are free. For more information, call 472-4648 during museum hours or visit www.sanibelmuseum.org.