ILLUSTRATED  PRESENTATIONS  FOR  GENERAL  AUDIENCES

             Bell-Time Clocks, 53 Poor Street, Andover MA  01810, 978-475-5001, bell-time@comcast.net

 

A former Congressional speechwriter, Bob Frishman offers illustrated non-technical lectures, usually at no charge, for service organizations, historical societies, senior centers, museum series, public library friends, and other organizations seeking an enthusiastic speaker for their events.    Each talk runs no more than one hour, and can be followed by an informal "road-show" appraisal session when attendee clocks can be identified and evaluated.  He displays clock movements, reference books, and auction catalogues along with dozens of quality projected images to enhance each lecture. 

Please scroll to bottom of page for listings of upcoming and past presentations.

 

           

  "TELLING TIME" - The first and still most popular lecture presents an overview of clock history, styles, makers, values, collecting, repairing and cultural importance.  More than 100 projected images will illustrate familiar and unusual timekeepers from his own and museum collections and from the more than seven thousand clocks he has serviced.

 

 

    

"TIMEKEEPING AND TIMEKEEPERS IN EARLY NEW ENGLAND" - This talk originally was presented as a paper at the 2009 Dublin Seminar in Old Deerfield Village, but has since been expanded with much additional information including Henry David Thoreau's banjo clock and his thoughts on the regularly scheduled trains passing the cabin on Walden Pond.   With more than 100 digital images, the lecture offers a history of clocks and watches in New England beginning with the arrival of the Mayflower up to the adoption of standard time by the railroads in the late 19th century.

 

 

 

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"THE CLOCK IN THE PAINTING" - During the past several years, Bob has been collecting fine art images which have a clock somewhere in the picture.    From Van Gogh to Dali, Titian, Homer, Magritte, Hopper and Rockwell, these artworks often are familiar to art lovers but have not often been joined together in this way.  Digital images of more than one hundred paintings from more than five centuries are projected and described in an educational and entertaining combination of art and clock histories.   (You can preview this presentation by reading articles from his "Horology in Art" series published in the NAWCC magazine.  Link to these articles through the home page listing of clock-related articles by Bob Frishman.)

 

           

"TWO CENTURIES OF BOSTON-AREA CLOCKMAKING" - Presented at a major Boston antique show where he was exhibiting clocks for sale, this talk focuses on the important and well-known clockmakers and firms from his local area.   Special attention is given to the famous Willard family -- including Simon Willard, inventor of the banjo clock, and the E. Howard Company that produced top-quality regulators for several decades.    These makers are important contributors to New England commercial and industrial history, and their products are highly prized today.

 

 

 

 

 

"CLOCKWORK IN THE KITCHEN" - Based on 2014 presentations to the Culinary Historians of Boston and the Roger Smith Food Technology Conference in New York City, this lushly illustrated lecture tells the story of kitchen timers, clocks, and 'roasting jacks' designed to steadily turn meat grilling in open-hearth fireplaces.   From their earliest development, clocks in kitchens regulated meal times, timers became increasingly important as cookbook recipes designated more precise cooking times, and wind-up roasting jacks performed the hot, tiresome and dangerous work of evenly cooking meat over open flames.  This presentation appeals to everyone interested in the history of food preparation as well as in culinary timekeeping.

 

 

 

 

           

 

"RUFUS PORTER: YANKEE ARTIST, INVENTOR, PUBLISHER" -Rufus Porter (1792-1884) is best known for the scenic wall murals and individual watercolor portraits he produced as an itinerant New England artist.  However, he also published best-selling instructional books and was the founder in 1845 of Scientic American magazine.  He was granted more than twenty patents for innovative mechanical inventions, anticipating the future of dirigibles, revolver firearms, agricultural machinery, and more.  His only known signed clock is in Bob Frishman's collection.

 

Suggestions and requests for other specially tailored clock-related presentations will be gladly considered.   The world of horology is huge and fascinating!

 

UPCOMING LECTURES:

  June 27, Braintree (MA) Department of Elder Affairs, "New England TImekeeping", 1 p.m.  

  July 31,  Rufus Porter Museum, Bridgton ME

  September 15, Salem State University Lifelong Learning Institute, Salem, MA, 10 a.m.

PREVIOUS LECTURES and programs have been presented to the following (and other) groups and organizations:

   Mass. Watch/Clock Makers Association

   NAWCC Maine Chapter 89

   North Reading (MA) Historical Society

   Stonington (CT) Historical Society

   Queens College, Department of Anthropology

   Massachusetts College of Art and Design

   NAWCC Webinar  "Hidden History: Clock and Watch Records in the Riggs Archive at Winterthur"

   Bullard Memorial Farm (Holliston MA)

   Clinton (CT) Historical Society

   New York Horological Society (New York City)

   Leach Library (Londonderry NH)

   Old Colony History Museum (Taunton MA)

   Townsend (MA) Historical Society

   Burlington (MA) Historical Soceity

   NAWCC New England Chapter 8  

  "Clocks at Winterthur" NAWCC Educational Symposium, Winterthur Museum, Wilmington, DE,  Conference chairman, organizer, and speaker, Website Details

   Horological Art Chapter, NAWCC National Convention, Louisville, KY

   NAWCC Old Dominion Chapter, Williamsburg, VA

   NAWCC Pacific Northwest Regional, Tacoma, WA

   NAWCC Connecticut Chapter 148

   Lawrence Heritage State Park, White Fund Lecture, Lawrence, MA

   Greater Boston Watch & Clock Collectors

   Billerica (MA) Historical Society

   NAWCC Webinar "Horology in Art"   (see link on home page)

   American Clock & Watch Museum, Bristol, CT

   North Andover Historical Society

   Retired Men's Association (Sudbury, MA)                                                                         

   Newton (Mass.) Rotary Club

   Historical Society of Cheshire County, Keene, NH

   The Roger Smith Food Tech Conference, New York City

   Medford (MA) Historical Society

   Culinary Historians of Boston, Radcliff College 

   Time For Everyone Symposium, Santa Barbara, CA

   International Society for the Study of Time, Conference in Crete, Greece

   NAWCC Maine Chapter

   Wellesley Historical Society

   North Reading Historical Society

   Victorian Society in America, New England Chapter, at Gibson House Museum, Boston

   Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester MA

   Collector Roundtable: Boston Book, Print & Ephemera Show

   Martha's Vineyard Museum

   Wellfleet Historical Society

   Middleton Historical Society

   Topsfield Historical Society

   Edgewood Retirement Community, North Andover    

   Annual Convention, National Assn. of Watch & Clock Collectors, Overland Park, KS

   Merrimac Valley Masonic Fellowship

   Waring School (Beverly MA) "It's About Time" special end-of year project

   Tewksbury Public Library

   Reading (MA) Antiquarian Society

   Memorial Hall Library, Andover MA

   Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History, Weston MA

   Willard House & Clock Museum, Grafton MA

   Northeastern University NU@Noon Alumni Program

   Boston College Physics Department, "Vibrations and Waves" Course

   The Dublin Seminar, Boston University's Program in American & New England Studies;

   New England Chapter 8, National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors

   Rockport MA Public Library

   Massachusetts Watchmakers-Clockmakers Association

   Senior Citizens Club, Epping, NH

   Nashua NH Public Library

   Salem NH Public Library

   Flint Memorial Library, North Reading MA

   Reading MA College Club

   Boston Antiques Weekend

   Winchester MA Historical Society

   Andover Historical Society

   Whelden Memorial Library, West Barnstable MA

   Amherst, NH Town Library

   Wilmington MA Memorial Library

   Kiwanis Club, Andover MA

   Rotary Club, Andover MA

   Lions Club, Lawrence MA

   Senior Center, Methuen MA

   Senior Center, Andover MA

   Town of Andover MA Department of Community Services

   Cambridge Center for Adult Education

   Gibson House Museum, Boston

He also initiated, organized and directed the following events:

   When Old Clocks Were New, NAWCC Chapter 8 Symposium, Peabody Essex Museum, November 1999.

   Educational Symposium, NAWCC Chapter 8, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT, September 2000.

   Clockmaking in Rhode Island, NAWCC Chapter 8 Symposium, Rhode Island School of Design Museum, October 2004

   The Willis Michael Clock Collection, National Heritage Museum, Lexington MA, September 2006.

 

   Director of Publicity, "Time For Everyone" NAWCC Symposium, Caltech, Pasadena, CA, October 2013.

   Chairman, Symposium Committee, National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors

   Organizer and Chairman, "Clocks at Winterthur" NAWCC Symposium, October 2016.

   Organizer and Chairman, "Horology in Art", Boston Museum of Fine Arts, October 2017.

   Organizer and Chairman, "Time, Tools & Travel", Henry Ford Museum, September 2018.  

 

 

                                                    

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