Animated windup alarm clocks were made in the early/mid 20th century by various companies in many countries, including Canada, the United States, Great Britain, France, and Brazil. These animated clocks were originally sold for use by children, but have become very collectible by "kids of all ages" today. Some early rare models are worth hundreds of dollars.
The museum has a small collection with representative examples from the major manufacturers: Westclox (Peterborough), Ingraham Canadian (Toronto), Smiths (England), Lux (United States), and Sturm (Brazil, probably in the Westclox factory there). We are still looking for affordable examples of animated alarm clocks made by Bayard (France, some via Disney characters license), Ingersoll (United States), and Waterbury (United States).
NOTE that the EARLY BIRD, PIXIE, and WOODY's CAFE were unbranded Westclox models in Canada. You will see MADE IN CANADA on the dials but you will not find the Westclox name on the dials or cases.
Some of these pictures were taken by 2008 summer student Michelle, then edited and put on the web site by 2009 summer student Megan. Several pictures were upgraded when new models acquired over the past five years were added to this online collection in March 2015. Allan.
Click on one of these images to pull up the complete set of animated alarm clocks.