Mao Tse Tung (Mao Zedong 毛泽东) Animated Double Bell Mechanical Alarm Clock (circa 1971)

A collection of images from a reconditioned, serviced and calibrated analogue alarm clock from The People's Republic of China.

A piece of propaganda from the Mao Tse Tung social revolution era (1966-1976). Most every manufactured item in China during the Cultural revolution payed homage to Mao. Alarm clocks were manufactured in a variety of styles and colors.

Mao Tse Tung (Mao Zedong 毛泽东) was chairman of the Communist Party in China from 1943 until 1976. Often he was referred to as Chairman Mao. He is considered one of the most influenial people of the 20th century, then again so was Adolf Hitler. During his tenure millions of people died dued to his authoritarian rule. One of his quotes states that "political power comes from the barrel of a gun". Today the Chinese people still look upon Mao Tse Tung favorably. It has been stated he was 70% good and 30% bad.

The Little Red Book, also known by its title Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung, was published in 1964 and revised several times. Not only was it required reading for all Chinese citizens, but it was also required that each citizen have one in their possession at all times. Being seen by the police without one would result in a severe public beating.

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Valued in the range of $45 - $75.