Westclox "Ben Franklin"

The two clocks shown here were called the "Ben Franklin", and were made by Westclox, a trademark of the Western Clock Manufacturing Company of LaSalle, Illinois.  They were introduced in 1935.

The black clock has a Bakelite case, and is marked as a model S1C on the nameplate.  The white clock has a Plaskon case and is a model S4.  The case was designed by Joseph Reinhardt, and was covered by design patent D96337, which was issued in July, 1935.  It is a simple, clean Art Moderne design that doesn't look at all dated after 70 years.