Upstairs in the attic you will find our temporary exhibition. We will hold various exhibitions here throughout the year. This will often concern current topics. In addition, this space will also be used for various activities.
This high season the exhibition “Electrici-Time” can be seen. This shows a number of Dutch pioneers and companies that have played a part in the electrification of time measurement in The Netherlands. For example, F.C. de Jong already in 1866 presented his electric regulator at the Palace of Industry and Eliaser “Lazarus” Kiek received a gold medal for his electric clock at the world exhibition in Paris in 1889.
Jan Lameris founded the First Dutch Electro-Magnetic Clock Factory in 1917 and Pieter Johannes Paauwe obtained a patent in the 1930s for his fully automatic calendar timepiece. The well-known Dutch company Philips has also been making electric clocks since the 1920s, for example with its own type of bakelite: ‘Philite’.
In addition to a representative selection of electric clocks, the exhibition also shows advertisements, company photos and promotional videos. In this way, the exhibition gives an impulse to a renewed knowledge of Dutch electric clocks and the companies that made them.
Featured: Fully automatic calendar clock
In the 1930s, Pieter Johannes Paauwe patented his calendar clock. He then started selling it under the company Paauwe’s Patent. On March first 1944, Anne Frank mentions a ‘large, electric Pauwe clock’ in the office of her father Otto Frank’s canning company Opekta, which was the target of a burglary attempt. A comparable example of this Model W500 clock is in the possession of the Zaanse Tijd Museum. The whereabouts of the copy from the Opekta office is unknown.
Featured: “Auntie Cor”
This is a timepiece made by F.W. Lark/Firma A. de Jong (ca. 1934). It was commissioned by the PTT (former Dutch Postage, Telephone and Telegraph Company) and it is better known as the telephone time indicator “Auntie Cor”. Optical audio tapes reproduce a human voice which, by dialing 393131, indicates the time after the beep. The reading head with photocell moves as a result of impulses from the master clock. “Auntie Cor” was the lady who’s voice was recorded and could be heard until 1968.
New: A look inside the workshop
On the top floor, when there is no video related to our temporary exhibition, you can take a look inside the workshop of a real contemporary clockmaker working on one of our clocks! We have followed and filmed him, and this film will be shown on a screen in actual full life-size.