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Old Dominion NAWCC Chapter 34


Sunday, December 9, 2018

Meeting Location

Fort Magruder Inn and Conference Center
6945 Pocahontas Trail - Williamsburg, Virginia

The meeting and luncheon will be held in Hill’s and McClellan’s rooms on the front (street side) of the hotel.

Please Note New Contact Information for Secretary Judy Draucker


10:30 AM Exhibit Opens
  Mart Opens
11:15 AM Program Part I
12:00 Noon Luncheon
Following Lunch Business Meeting
  Program Part II

Program 1

.William Mitchell, Jr. – Richmond Silversmith

Presented by Edwin L. Fasanella

Chapter Member Edwin L. Fasanella has been working on a research-in-progress on William Mitchell, Jr., a silversmith who moved from Boston to Richmond in the early 1800.  His jewelry store (and successor businesses) were located on Main Street in Richmond and produced and sold silverware, watches clocks and even buttons for the Confederacy.  His firm continued on as Mitchell and Tyler from 1845 until 1866 and then as John H. Tyler and Co. after that for a few more years.  Ed will provide a summary of his findings and interesting side notes regarding Mitchell’s enterprises and products.

Program 2

The Remarkable Clocks of Andrew V. Strait
of Sidney, New York

AV Presentation by Russ Oechsle

While the name Andrew V. Strait might not be recognizable to many advertising clock collectors and aficionados, his clocks, generally referred to as “Sidney Advertising Clocks” surely are.  Strait’s story is one of real genius, wherein his skills as \a clock maker merged with his unique ideas on profiting through the medium of advertising to create a new segment in American horology,.

This video presentation by Russ Oechsle,  based almost entirely on primary sources, will provide the  history of Strait and is various advertising lock models, as well as lesser known  inventions, including what he called the “first electric alarm clock”.



Previous Programs

James Wynne, President
Lee Fischer, Vice President
Judy Draucker, Secretary Contact Judy
Janet L. Tyler- Treasurer

Future Meeting Dates

February 10, 2019 April 14, 2019
June 9, 2019 August 11, 2019
October 13, 2019 December 8, 2019


CHAPTER 34 HISTORY 1954 - 1984