Don’t forget to set your clocks back this weekend! Sunday November 4th is the end of Daylight Saving Time in the United States this year-- which means most of the country sets their clocks back an hour late Saturday night/early Sunday morning. Why do we set our clocks back in the fall and forward in the spring every year, anyway?
Contrary to popular belief, Daylight Saving Time (DST) was not started in order to benefit farmers to maximize daylight hours. Although Benjamin Franklin was one of the first to suggest setting clocks back in the fall and forward in the spring and parts of Canada experimented with DST in 1908, it was not implemented on a worldwide scale until World War I.
Germany and its allies were the first to adopt Daylight Saving Time on April 30, 1916. The Germans set their clocks forward one hour in order reduce the use of artificial light and conserve fuel for the war effort. The United Kingdom and France quickly followed suit, and the United States officially adopted Daylight Saving Time, or “Fast Time” as it was called, in 1918. As the United States was entering the war, Pittsburgh industrialist Robert Garland devised the first daylight saving plan and gathered congressional support for his cause. President Woodrow Wilson signed the Daylight Saving Time measure into law, however most cities reverted to standard time after the end of World War I.
It was not until the height of World War II that the United States would reintroduce Daylight Saving Time. Referred to as “War Time,” President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed DST into law and it was continuously in use for the remainder of the United States’ involvement in World War II from February 9, 1942 to September 30, 1945. Following the end of World War II, the law allowed each jurisdiction to revert to standard time or DST, with no uniform rules or regulations. The result was widespread confusion and chaos, with multiple time changes occurring within some states and municipalities.
Over two decades later, Congress established the Uniform Time Act which standardized DST. Daylight Saving Time now begins the last Sunday in April and ends the first Sunday in November. States were also given the option of remaining on standard time year-round, which is why Hawaii and parts of Arizona do not adhere to DST, as well as certain American territories.
Daylight Saving Time is currently used in over 70 countries worldwide, with over 1 billion people having to set their clocks back every year. The starting dates vary from country to country, but the purpose of Daylight Saving Time is still to maximize the use of daylight hours during the day.
The good news is we’ve perfectly timed our 15% off clock sale to coincide with the end of Daylight Savings Time this year! Shop our decorative metal wall clocks now and save big! We have wall clocks in a variety of colors and styles to suit your home decor. All of our clocks are handmade and are fully functional timekeepers, in addition to being unique works of art.
Check out our newly-listed Extra Large Clocks available in these popular clock styles: Aqua Moon Clock, Autumn Moon Clock, Burning Moon Clock, Catwalk Aqua Clock, Copper Sequence Clock, Crimson Moon Clock, Go Green Clock, Golden Moment Clock and Red Shift Clock.
The clock is ticking! Our clock sale ends on 11/4/2018, so be sure to get your new wall clock before time runs out!
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