Alarm Clock


Alarm Clock by Rube Goldberg, circa 1970. This non-working, sculpted model signed by Rube Goldberg was crafted [during the 1960s] to replicate a cartoon from the series The Inventions of Professor Lucifer Gorgonzola Butts that he drew for between 1914 and 1964.

Inscription: At 6 a.m. garbage man picks up ashcan, causing mule to kick over statue of Indian warrior. Arrow punctures bucket and ice cubes fall on false teeth, causing them to chatter and nip elephant's tail. Elephant raises his trunk in pain, pressing lever which starts toy maestro to lead quartet in sad song. Sentimental girl breaks down and cries into flower pot, causing flower to grow and tickle man's feet. He rocks with laughter, starting machine that rings gong and slides sleeper out of bed into slippers on wheels, which propel him into bathroom where cold shower really wakes him up.

Date Made: circa 1970

Depicted: Butts, Lucifer GorgonzolaOriginal Artist: Goldberg, Rube

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New York, New York City

Subject: [NO SUBJECT], Clocks, Comics

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Exhibition Location:

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: GA.23502Accession Number: 1972.289709Catalog Number: GA*23502Accession Number: 289709

Object Name: ModelSculptureObject Type: sculpture

Physical Description: plastic; metal; paint (overall material)Measurements: overall: 20 in x 24 in x 58 in; 50.8 cm x 60.96 cm x 147.32 cm


Record Id: nmah_1195660

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