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The Tradition Lives on...
The Kit-Cat® Klock had its humble beginning in the mid 1930's when it brought mystery and excitement with its rolling eyes and wagging tail to an economically depressed nation ready for a smile and a friend. Since then Kit-Cat® has been developing into a recognizable character in cartoons, books, on clothing and other exciting products! His popularity as a positive character increases daily through the Kit-Cat® Fan Club, now boasting over 10,000 dues paying members from around the world. Members adopt Kit-Cat's positive philosophy towards life and live out the Kit-Cat® Creed:
Put a smile on everyone's face;
Love in everyone's heart;
Energy in everyone's body;
and Be a positive force in everyone's life!
Kit-Cat Klocks have been selling in stores across the country since the mid 1930's. His zany smile has filled homes and offices alike with joy and excitement. But why is he still so popular after all of these years? "Many letters arrive each year," says Woody Young, owner of the California Clock Company (Kit-Cat's home), "asking us to tell Kit-Cat's story."
THE KIT-CAT STORY
The Kit-Cat Klock was created in a small town on the west coast during the Great Depression. While the people of this nation were struggling to survive, the Kit-Cat Klock gave them a smile and entertained them with his rolling eyes and wagging tail. Knowing this, it is easy for us to understand how he can still bring comfort to many who remember those trying times. But why does he grace the walls of those who are far too young to remember the Depression? For the answer let us turn to a couple of letters written to the California Clock Company:
"...when I was a young child, my pediatrician had a Kit-Cat Klock hanging on the wall next to the examining table. I was always scared of the doctor, but seeing Kit Cat's wagging tail and rolling eyes put my mind at ease. Now that I have my very own Kit-Cat Klock, I feel a touch of nostalgia each time I check the time. Thank you for reviving precious memories."
Olinda Wilson, KY
"Two years ago I purchased my first Kit-Cat Klock. It was exactly like the one my father had purchased many years ago. For more than 20 years Kit-Cat hung on the kitchen wall, delighting everyone who saw him. It may sound silly to you but Kit-Cat held many happy childhood memories for me and I have derived much comfort from him after losing my husband. This house needs Kit Cat's cheerful self.... My kids have heard about Grandpa's Kit-Cat and have come to love our Kit Cat as much as I had when I was growing up."
Mrs. Judith B., FLA
It seems as though Kit-Cat has played an important role in the making of childhood memories. Adults today remember the comforting feeling they received from Kit-Cat and they now want to share these fond memories with their children. A six year old from Austin, Texas writes:
"My parents have had a Kit-Cat Klock since before I was born. When I was born we had a pet cat named Sprite. She died. She was black and white like Kit-Cat. We have a picture of her on the wall next to our Kit-Cat Klock. . .Ever since I can remember, I've passed that wall as my daddy carries me to bed at night. He stops by the picture of Sprite and Kit-Cat so I can say goodnight to them, my kitty-cat friends."
The depression years have long past and yet Kit-Cat's popularity increases each year. Kit-Cat owners know that whether times are good or bad, Kit-Cat's smile is constant. And his reputation as a healthy cat, living as long as 25 years in some cases, precedes him wherever he goes. For these reasons having a Kit-Cat has now become a tradition in many families not only in America but around the world.
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For the past fifty years The Kit-Cat Clock has provided American factory workers with employment. This animated timepiece, with its roots in the Great Depression, quickly became a staple in most American kitchens. But in the late 1980's, the legacy of The Kit-Cat was almost lost! The California Clock Company (sole manufacturer of The Kit-Cat Clock) was forced to make a drastic change to the inner workings of the clock. At that time, the scarcity and rising costs of American-made, electric motors, would have forced production of The Kit-Cat Clock out of the country. Yet, no battery technology powerful enough to move Kit-Cat's exclusive "one-second" animation had been invented.
With no other alternative, The California Clock Company decided to invent the new technology on its own. After several years of research, trial and error, batteries now supply the power for animation as well as keeping the proper time. This operation is accomplished through precision balancing of all the inner workings of the clock, utilizing gravity to keep the "moving parts" in motion at a controlled speed. For this reason The Kit-Cat Klock runs best when hung in a straight vertical position. If the clock's motion is disrupted, it will commence again with a simple "push start" of its tail.
By creating his state-of-the-art technology, The California Clock Company simultaneously has kept production in America and has created a better quality, longer-lasting product. The Kit-Cat Klock, now virtually indestructible with snap-on parts, saves the store owner and consumer the time, money and aggravation of repairs.
The Kit-Cat Klock is a treasured, family time-piece, often handed down to the next generation. Therefore, before leaving the warehouse, each clock is individually tested and examined for proper workmanship.
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*The Kit-Cat character is also well-known for the inspirations drawn from his smile. Click here to receive an inspiring "Smile of the Day" from the Kit-Cat character; and be sure to check back every day for a new smile!
Today, Kit-Cat Klocks are occasionally offered in "Limited Edition" colors and "Special Production" styles, such as the "Jeweled" Kit-Cat Klock. The glimmering jewels used to decorate Kit-Cat are Austrian crystals. The crystals are allotted to The California Clock Company on a quota system by the Austrian supplier, allowing only a limited number of jeweled clocks to be produced each year. Austrian crystals retain their elegant quality for years, never dulling as do rhinestones. The cut and the silver backing of each crystal captures the light to create a handsome, gleaming Kit-Cat Klock.
When the California Clock Company goes into "Special Production" to produce "Jeweled" Kit-Cat Klocks, it embarks upon a painstaking task. Each "Jeweled" clock is decorated with 128 Austrian Crystals! The jewelers must ensure the exact placement of each jewel and, to the best of their ability, be sure the jewels will "stay put" once they leave the warehouse.
Because of this tedious process, the "Jeweled" Kit-Cat Klock is offered only at certain times of the year. By utilizing cost-efficient, new technology, The California Clock Company is able to provide a beloved, American keepsake. And The Kit-Cat Klock continues to be a source of enjoyment for families around the world.
For years the electric and the battery operated Kit-Cat has been introduced in a new and different color. The chart below provides the model number, color, and year introduced. Except for the Black clock, which is in constant production, the other colors are limited to production for one year, and are appropriately named "Limited Editions". Hence, the "Limited Edition" colors eventually sell out after about two years.
Electric Kit-Cat Clocks
Battery Kit-Cat Clocks
Candy Apple Red
Sea Foam Green
BC-18 Ivy Green 2002 BC-20 Flamingo Pink 2003 BC-22 Turquoise 2004
Hot Pink Lady
Sunshine Yellow Lady
LBC-20 Flamingo Pink Lady 2003 LBC-22 Turquoise Lady 2004 LBC-23 Rosey Plum Lady 2005 BC-24 Tabby Cat 2005 LBC-25 Candy Cane Red Lady 2006 KC-10 Red Kitty-Cat 2007 BC-75 75th Anniversary Black 2007 BCR-75 75th Anniversary Red 2007 LBC-26 Sky Blue Lady 2008 BC-66 Black Route 66 2008 LBC-27 Lime Green Lady 2008 KC-3 Baby Blue Kitty-Cat 2009 MKC-2 Pink Miss Kitty-Cat 2009 MKC-4 Lime Green Miss Kitty 2009 BC76R Red Spirit of 76 2009 BC76W White Spirit of 76 2009 BC76B Blue Spirit of 76 2009 LBC28 Wisteria 2010 BC29 Sea Shell Cream 2011
Method to Date the Age of Your Electric Kit-Cat Clock
If the back of the clock states "Portland, OR" it is late 30's.
If the back of the clock states "Seattle, WA" it was made in the 40's if it is a metal back.
If the back of the clock states "Seattle, WA" with a plastic back and no front paws it was made in the early '50's.
If the back of the clock states "Seattle, WA" with a plastic back and has front paws it was made mid to late '50's.
The bow tie was added about 1954.
If the back of the clock states "El Monte, CA" it was made in the early '60's.
If the back of the clock states "San Juan Capistrano, CA" it was made mid '60's to early '90's.
If the front of the clock has "Kit-Cat" on its clock face it was made after 1982.
If a stamped number is on the back that would mean it was produced from
If no stamped number, then produced from'64-'81.
If the clock is electric it was made before 1990.
If the clock is battery it was made after 1990.
Below are two Kit-Cat Klocks in the Kit-Cat Museum.
The first generation electric kit-cat manufactured in the late 40's and 50's in Seattle, WA, had no bow tie and only one set of paws. Below are pictures of this clock as packaged in the original blue and white box. The next generation clock featured the introduction of the bow tie, a second set of paws, and the packaging was a green and yellow box. This first generation red clock, in perfect mint condition, was recently acquired by California Clock Co. from Ebay.
Vintage 1950 - '54 Art Deco
Animated Kit Cat Electric Klock with Luminous Glow in Dark Eyes, Mouth and
Dial in the Original Box. Model D3, C05698. This clock is complete and in
excellent condition. It appears that it may have never been used as the
original chord seems to still be factory wrapped. It's been tested and is
in perfect working order! The eyes roll and the tail wags back and forth
while keeping time! The back reads: Kit Cat Klock Allied Mfg Co - Seattle,
Wash 115 Volts-60 Cycles-5 Watts Model D3 C05698. Measures overall 15.25
inches x 4 inches. The original box is complete with inserts and in
excellent condition. Box states that it features a self-starting
synchronous motor, luminous eyes (glow in the dark), mouth & dial, molded
plastic case, synchronous electric motor, 110-120 volt 60 cycle,
alternating current only, quiet DuPont nylon gears, approved by UL
Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. and Mfd. in USA Guaranteed.
Note the use of the red metal hands, paws only at the clock bottom, and no bow tie.
In particular, note the hole between the numbers one and two where a
small key was inserted to set the time.
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