What was the Guinness clock?

The earliest was more accurately referred to as the Guinness Festival Clock because it made its first appearance in 1951 at the Festival of Britain. It was an elaborate piece of machinery incorporating nine reversible electric motors and three synchronous clocks. It was designed by Jan Lewitt and George Him.

Where is the Guinness clock?

The Clocks were in use for fifteen years until 1966 when they were withdrawn. An original one-fifth scale model of the clock is now on display in GUINNESS STOREHOUSE® World of Advertising permanent exhibit.

Who is the designer of the Guinness Festival clock?

It was the brainchild of the Guinness Advertising Manager Martin Pick, who had trained as an engineer before he entered the world of advertising. The Clock was designed by the firm of Lewitt Him and took five months for clockmakers Baume and Co Ltd. of Hatton Garden to construct.

Where can I see the Guinness clocks in the UK?

In all eight travelling Guinness Clocks and one miniature (5ft high) version were constructed, and they were seen at many other places including Paignton, Barry Island, Great Yarmouth, Folkestone, South Shields, Leamington Spa, the Isle of Sheppey, Chester, Warrington,

When did the Guinness Time Piece come out?

On June 9th 1959 another Guinness Clock appeared called the Guinness Time Piece (pictured left), which also became known as the Guinness Clock. This was an even more elaborate mechanical contraption, built in three sections, weighing four tons, and mounted on the back of a trailer for easy transportation.

What was the ostrich head on the Guinness Festival clock?

On the left of the tower was a minaret with a spirally-striped chimney out of which the head of the Ostrich now emerged, complete with its characteristic dilation (‘beer glassitis’) of the neck. This was also operated by means of a motor-driven leadscrew; meanwhile, the chimney was gyrated by another worm-geared motor.