How did they know what the correct time was a hundred years ago?

A hundred years ago there was no central place they could go to to ensure their watches and clocks were correct. Quartz crystals were not invented yet so clocks were pendulum powered which was very inaccurate. Very few people had watches and even if they did they would still be inaccurate. How did people know what the correct time was?

Asked By: - 12/18/2011
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In the US, at least (I assume it was similar elsewhere), it was the local postmaster's job to go outside when the sun was directly overhead and set his clock to noon. Local time was truly local and the "time zone" system didn't exist. Local time was also approximate, of course - it would have been a pretty sharp-eyed... More
Answered By: Jonathan - 12/19/2011
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You mean in 1911 and before? Well read this... More
Answered By: Lex - 12/18/2011
The nearest telegraph office had the right time, and people would go there often to get the correct time. Greenwich Mean Time (England) has been in effect since 1675. So a telegraph message could get the correct tome up to the minute. Many men carried pocket watches with them. The clocks in the home were eight day... More
Answered By: tuffy - 12/18/2011
Most people had pocket watches or wristwatches, there were clocks in most houses and on public buildings. Chronometers were used in ships, were very accurate, and were set to Greenwich time. Time could also be estimated using a sextant, as long as you knew your latitude and longitude. See... More
Answered By: Crocodile Jim - 12/18/2011
Railways had telegraphs, and later telephones. Before that a sundial gave mid-day, and in those times a few minutes either way was not important. King Alfred of England had a candle clock in the AD 800s - a candle with standard size and reciepe burnt a standard distance in an hour.. Romans and Greeks had water... More
Answered By: John P - 12/19/2011
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