The Snider Clock Corporation was Harry Snider's first clock company, in operation in Toronto from 1950 to 1957. The Snider Clock Mfg Company produced clocks from 1957 to 1976. The CANADIAN MAKERS section of our web site has details about the history of these two companies.|
Our unique museum received a small Community Memories contract from Heritage Canada in 2007 to research and tell the Snider clocks story. The project was completed with the assistance of Michael Snider and summer student Megan Morris. The results can be found in the Community Memories section of the Virtual Museum of Canada web site. The fastest route is to search on Google for "The House of Snider", including the quotation marks.
Here are pictures of most of the more than one hundred and seventy examples of mantel, TV lamp, and wall clocks in the museum's growing Snider collection. The dates in the captions are mostly estimates. New Snider clocks are acquired regularly through purchases on eBay, in antiques malls and flea markets, and by donation.
Note that the battery-operated movements available in the 1960s and early 1970s were NOT the quartz type that we know today. They were balance-wheel movements that received an electrical impulse from a large C or D cell flashlight battery. Typically they were enclosed inside a clear plastic box.
Most of the photographs were taken by summer student Megan Morris in 2007, then edited and added to the site by her in June 2009.
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