Lackner "Neon Glo" Clocks

Lackner "Neon Glo" with Ships

The Lackner Clock Company of Cincinnati, Ohio was a major producer of advertising and industrial clocks in the 1930's and 1940's.  They made a smaller number of decorative clocks for the home, most notably the line of "Neon Glo" clocks.  As the name implies, they use a neon tube inside for illumination.  The cases were almost always Bakelite or Catalin, and generally had a distinct Art Deco flavor.  The oddest is the one shown below that has a glass figure of a nude woman that is lit by the neon tube inside.  For more conservative tastes, other glass inserts were available, such as a globe.

Caveat Emptor:  The mere presence of the "Neon Glo" sticker on the back of a clock is no guarantee of it being an actual neon clock.  Many Lackners, primarily those with wood cases, were illuminated by incandescent bulbs and are much less desirable, but still had the sticker.  Two of these are shown below. Lacker Sticker

Lackner "Neon Glo" Catalin

Lackner "Neon Glo" Nude

Lackner Clock Lit

Shown below are two of the nicer wood-cased Lackner clocks.  Both are illuminated by a pair of 7 1/2 watt incandescent bulbs.
Lackner "Rajah"
A sticker on the bottom identifies this 1942 clock as the "Rajah" model.  The two glass panels on each side are illuminated by the internal bulbs, and the three lines cut into the glass are a nice deco touch.
Lackner "Rajah" Lit

I have not identified the model name or date of this Lackner, but the styling is pure 1930's.  

The three parallel "speed stripes", the signature of the Streamline Era, run across the solid walnut slab and are echoed in the three ridges of the aluminum feet curling up from below, and the three ridges in the brass bezel.  The extreme slant of the numerals on the reverse painted face is a great touch.