Rockin’ cowboy clock

Submitted by Michael Ely June 11th, 2010
Certifikitsch Winner

This is a 1950’s Haddon “Ranch ‘O” clock manufactured in Chicago, ILL. The little hard plastic cowboy on the bucking horse rocks back and forth continuously within the cabin. He is illuminated by indirect light, and the foil paper dial features gold cactus designs. Haddon made other similar animated clocks such as a rocking granny within a cottage. These clocks were originally sold thru Sears catalogs for $17. Today, a clock in good working order can sell for ten times that amount.

5 Responses to “Rockin’ cowboy clock”

      • Allee Willis

        They’re organically linked so it made great sense to me. Once I saw the groupings of your lunchboxes and S&P’s it seemed to me you weren’t someone who just set something down because there was room for it but thought about organic links between things.

        • Michael Ely

          Gosh, Allee, that’s just about the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me! :) Seriously, I guess I am rather anal when it comes to the way in which I display my collectibles and kitsch, everything has to be connected thru themes or colors or textures. It’s just how I see things. I’ve been know to fuss for hours, days, or weeks over arrangements until everything is just right, and then when it’s right, I know it and it stays that way in stone! My friends think I’m a bit obsessive and crazy, but they love my house.

          • Allee Willis

            I used to constantly struggle with whether everything was set perfectly and then one day a friend of mine who was a fantastic Atomic designer came in and moved everything around. I learned from him to really appreciate the fact that I had a collection and I had an eye and that things could constantly change even after I had arrived at the perfect arrangement. So now I basically have things set in stone but know that if I find something that I think is worthy enough of being out on display I find its perfect position and then adjust the rest around that. That keeps things basically the same but constantly fluid.