The Floral Clock
in West Princes Street Gardens,
Floral Clock - 1928
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Date of the Postcard
I'm still not certain about the year of this clock, despite having seen
the Valentine postcard above and the J B White postcard below, both of the
In fact, the second JB White card above has been hand-coloured, and the
colours do not match those on the Valentine card.
The Valentine postcard shown at the top of this page is numbered 66187.
This number would normally indicate that the photo was taken around 1910,
but Valentine sometimes carried old numbers onto cards of the same subject
that they published in later years.
In fact, the position is a little clearer because Valentine also produced
a postcard in sepia using the same negative as above and gave it the number
202923. This is within the range of negative numbers that they
allocated to their photographs taken in 1927.
At first, this suggested that the clock above may be the 1927 clock, but
Valentine also published a postcard of the 192X clock with an earlier number
in the 1927 range - 201431. (There is a man's hat in front of the
final digit of the year on this one. So I have assumed that the 192X
clock is the 1927 clock.)
12 Large Flowers
Donald Beets, Letchworth, Hertford, England, who has done a lot of
research into the floral clock, believes that the photo at the top of this
page is of the 1928 clock. (There is one further complication: I believe that on
one of Donald's earlier notes, he described the 1928 clock as having 12
large flowers around the edge of the clock. This does not match the
photo at the top of this page, so some further research could be done on
Donald tells me that 1927 was probably about the first year that the
words appeared on the Floral Clock. The words were 'TEMPUS FUGIT'
- Latin for 'TIME FLIES'.