Clock at Grand Central Terminal

This shot of the iconic clock at Grand Central Terminal was one of the first ever from my Panasonic LX-3.

According to Wikipedia:

The 18-sided main information booth — originally the “information bureau” — is in the center of the concourse. Its attendants provide train schedules and other information to the public;[40] in 2015, they fielded more than 1,000 questions an hour, according to an MTA spokesman. A door within the marble and brass pagoda conceals a spiral staircase down to a similar booth on the station’s Dining Concourse.

The booth is topped by a four-faced brass clock that may be Grand Central’s most recognizable icon. The clock was designed by Henry Edward Bedford and cast in Waterbury, Connecticut. Each 24-inch (61 cm) face is made from opalescent glass, now often called opal glass or milk glass. (Urban legend says the faces are actually opal, valued by Sotheby’s or Christie’s between $10 million and $20 million.) The clock was first stopped for repairs in 1954, after it was found to be losing a minute or two per day.

Along with the rest of the New York Central Railroad system’s clocks, it was formerly set to a clock in the train dispatcher’s office at Grand Central.[45] Through the 1980s, they were set to a master clock at a workshop in Grand Central. Since 2004, they have been set to the United States Naval Observatory’s atomic clock, accurate to a billionth of a second.

For more information (e.g. including its use in movies) on the clock see New York’s Most Famous Clock.

A Perfect Present for my wife

I’ve mentioned in a number of earlier posts that my wife loves blue and white china. She collects it and also administers a group on Facebook devoted to it.

I recently came across the perfect present for her. Presently it’s available on ebay, which is also the source for this picture and ebay user samprivet.

He also has a red one similarly based and a Zorki 4 as well as another blue one based on a Fed 3.

I’m tempted!

Blue and White

I’ve mentioned in earlier posts that my wife collects blue and white china and administers a Facebook group for lovers of such china.

From time to time she asks me to take a picture of some of it.

She set this up. I just took the picture.

Taken with a Canon 5D and Canon EF 50mm f1.8.


The first and second images were taken in the Kathmandu (Nepal) Valley sometime in 1999. Probably taken with a Canon AE-1 and zoom lens (I don’t remember which one).

The final image below is a heavily manipulated version of a picture taken looking into a shop window somewhere in Mid Town Manhattan. Taken with a Panasonic Lumix ZS-7