The Alibi Clock - Vallejo, California

Posted by Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 17 August 2017 in Cityscape & Urban.

Walking through historic Vallejo, California, I spotted this old clock and was amazed by the story I read in the casing at the bottom of the clock - a bit lengthy but I thought you might enjoy....incidentally, this was a full-on middle of the day shot taken by yours truly and my iPhone....so I processed it in Snapseed App's "HDR Scape", (I employed several modes)....Snapseed makes a really nice batch of processors for mobile phone photo editing.

This clock was built by E. Howard of Boston, MA in 1914. It was originally located in front of Burnett Brothers Jewelry on Market Street, San Francisco.

The clock became nationally known after the "San Francisco Preparedness Day" Parade on July 22, 1916. During that parade, a bomb was detonated, killing ten bystanders....Labor radicals Tom Mooney and Warren Billings were accused of the crime, although a photograph of the clock and Mooney showed that he was nowhere near the bombing. Despite this alibi,(Consequently, the title "ALIBI CLOCK" became popular as time passed).

Mooney and Billings were convicted in a notorious trial that became a national "cause celebrate' (sic). It was later revealed that evidence was tampered-with, and that several prosecution witnesses had lied.
Years later, in 1939, Mooney was pardoned and Billings was pardoned in 1961.

In 1932, the clock was moved to Simons Jewelers, in Vallejo, CA at 316 Georgia Street. After being restored and overhauled, it was leased and cared for by Brown's Jewelers of Vallejo. The clock still stands on Georgia Street in historic Vallejo.

- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.
- Nature is not a place to visit, It is home."
- Gary Snyder.

::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues. The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
EARTH WIND AND FIRE;
"HOLD ON TO YOUR SPIRIT,
ALWAYS FEEL YOUR SOUL....
HONOR THE MAGIC IN YOUR HEART"
; Earth Wind and Fire

LONNIE LISTON SMITH:
EXPAND YOUR MIND TO UNDERSTAND

 

Apple iPhone 6s
1/1972 second
F/2.2
ISO 25
29 mm (35mm equiv.)

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