Electric clocks (3) - Shanghai Mainichi Shimbun. 1938. Source: SMA (SMC), U1-14-3257 (2316-2318)
Translation of application to erect a clock tower from the Shanghai Mainichi Shimbun. Shanghai, August 3, 1932. Source: SMA (SMC), U1-14-3257 (2316).
In this period of emergency, we are of the opinion that a large clock dial is very essential thing to bring to the attention of the populace the correct time and also the value of time.
We are therefore taking the liberty of writing to you for permission to erect a clock tower and dial at the locality sketched on the attached chart.
Details are as follows:
Place of construction: Intersection of Woosung and Boone Roads (See attached plan).
Dimensions of clock tower: Sexagon Base : diameter 5 feet.
Tower to be triangular at the top. Height 20 feet.
Clock to be equipped with luminous dial.
Time of commencement : Early part of August.
Time of completion : End of October.
Report from Acting Commissioner of Public Works to Deputy Secretary - "Proposed Clock Tower - Junction of Boone, Woosung & Hanbury Roads". Shanghai, August 8, 1932. Source: SMA (SMC), U1-14-3257 (2317).
I have investigated on the matter of the erection of a proposed clock tower at the junction of Boone, Woosung and Hanbury Roads, and find it to be impracticable on account of underground works and overhead cables.
There are various questions which would arise, should the matter be put forward officially, viz., what is the object of providing a clock in the form of a tower? A clock could be placed on the front of the Hongkew Market, if necessary. A tower could not be suited for advertising purposes. No indication is given as to who would design and erect such a tower. An important point would be its effect on visibility from a traffic point of view.