It’s Time!


Today we are going to Muse about Time.  If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.

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If you’ve got the money, Honey, I’ve got the time.

I just read that North Korea officially moved it’s time back 30 minutes in August, creating Pyongyang Time.  What next?

But it got me thinking about time.  To most of us time is pretty exact:  hours, minutes and seconds.  But, that is not how it has always been, or, in some locations, is today.

During colonial times in New Haven, Connecticut, the city fathers commissioned construction of a clock in the tower of a municipal building.  They employed the services of a respected clockmaker.  The clock was the source of much civic pride.

However, to their dismay they discovered that for months the clock steadily lost time and then for months it reversed itself and gained time.  An hour was not an hour.

They sued the clock maker.

And the suit revealed two different concepts of time.  They were thinking in scientific terms, with time being exact and uniform.  The clock maker was thinking in agrarian terms.  As the days grew shorter so did the hours on his clock.  As the days grew longer the hours grew longer.  Twelve o’clock, noon, was when the sun was in the middle of the sky.  Six o’clock in the evening was when the sun set.  His clock tracked the days of the seasons as a farmer would think of time; solar time.



Time Zones

time zones

time zones

Today we have time zones and we think of time as exact and uniform.  The time zones were created to accommodate the railroads.    In the early period of the railroads, a schedule might say a train would arrive or leave some distant point at a given hour.  However, hours shown on a clock were not regulated.  They basically were local time guided by the sun.  12:00 noon in Boston, might be 11:20 in Philadelphia or 11:00 in Washington, DC.  scheduling was nearly impossible.  So, the first time zones in the United States were established by the railroads in 1883.  It was not until 1918 that time zones were officially adopted by Congress.  Speedy as ever!

Day Light Savings Time

Daylight Savings

Daylight Savings

Time has been regulated in other ways, the most obvious being day light savings time (DST).  It was first used in the United States during the first world war.  Subsequently DST has been in an out of favor over the years.  Congress adopted the basic regulation establishing DST in 1966 but it has not been without change.  For example, in 1973 the country observed DST for the entire year.



Not all of the country observes DST.  Hawaii and most of Arizona do not.  I don’t know about Hawaii, but in Arizona’s case, as hot as it gets,  it was felt the extra hour of daylight would damage the crops.

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About Thomas L. Tribby

Professional artist: painter, sculptor, print maker. Maintains a studio in West Palm Beach, Florida
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