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The old Marshall Field's Department Store building, now a Macy's, is known for its clocks, which weigh about 7.5 short tons (6.7 long tons) each, on its northwest and southwest corners along State Street at both Randolph and Washington Sts. The southwest clock, known as the Great Clock, was installed on November 26, 1897. Marshall Field envisioned the clock as a beacon for his store which he viewed as a meeting place. The clock was installed after the southwest corner of the store had become a popular meeting place and people began leaving notes for one another on the Marshall Field's windows. The clock was an attempt to end this practice, and encourage punctuality.

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Michael LI on February 2, 2013

Wonderful picture! I think it tells many stories.
Best wishes, Michael

~Marlene~ on February 3, 2013

Thank you so much, Michael, for the lovely comment and the Like. I appreciate it very much!

Best wishes, Marlene

monic@ on February 10, 2013

Beautiful composition in B&W BIG like. Best wishes, Monic@

~Marlene~ on February 11, 2013

Many thanks, Monic@, for the very nice comment and the Like. I appreciate your visit very much!

Greetings from Chicago, Marlene

eric-bretagne-29 on February 13, 2013

i love this wonderful shot, well taken Marlene
friendly greetings, eric

~Marlene~ on February 14, 2013

Thank you again, eric for the very kind words and the Like. I'm very honored by the Y*!

Best wishes, Marlene

Slavko Polić on October 8, 2013

Beautiful !!!

Excellent Gallery

I like it! + Fav

Greetings from Serbia ☮

~Marlene~ on October 9, 2013

My thanks, Slavko Polić, for the very kind words, the Like and your visit. I am honored by the Y*!

Greetings, Marlene

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  • Uploaded on January 3, 2013
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    by ~Marlene~
    • Taken on 2012/11/14 00:31:49