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Company Clock Card

Technical Information

Catalogue No: C1587
Category: Corporate/Business
Object Type: Stationery/Office Items
Object Name: Company Clock Card
Part No: None
Serial No: None
Manufacturer: GEC Avionics
Division: Not Applicable
Year of Manufacture: 1990
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Location: Mezzanine Store



A clock card is used by an employee to record the precise time at which he or she arrives to start work and departs at the end of the work period. Such time records are used to check on employees' punctuality and to calculate wages due where employees are paid on a time basis. The Card was used with the Time Recording Machine C1502 which automatically printed the date and time. The old mechanical machine C0451 required the employee to ‘punch’ the card with a lever on the front of the machine. The Card was donated by the family of Mr A J Broodbank


It was common practice to have a time recording system for employees which involved stamping a Time Card with the time that the employee arrived or left work. The cards were stored in numbered racks adjacent to the machines. The wages clerks would calculate the pay for employees from the information printed on each card at the end of each week.


 The early machines required the employee to insert a card into a slot in a ‘Clock Machine’ and then to manually depress a lever to stamp the card; a process known as Clocking in or Out’. Later machines automatically stamped the card when it was inserted. The Clock Machine had an integral clock which had to be accurate as the early clocks were stand-alone and only when electric clocks were introduced could they be synchronised with all others on a large site.



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