It was his maternal grandfather’s clock, then his mother’s and now it is his and mine. A spring powered Seth Thomas Calendar Clock, c.1878, it chimes on the hour and in the lower window has a calendar that displays the day, week, month and year. Patented by Mix Brothers, the perpetual calendar mechanism operates on a twenty-four hour time cycle and self corrects for short months (30 vs 31 days) and leap years, provided the clock’s time never stops, or if it does, the mechanism is advanced correctly.
This parlor clock is one hundred thirty-five years old and with repairs by an expert (totaling just $325.00) it works like new. Will the same be true for my MacBook Air c. 2012, one hundred thirty-five years from now? Not likely. Some anachronisms are well worth preserving.