The “Wonderful Clock” of Auburn, NY – The Rest of My Story

The Bundy Manufacturing Company of Binghamton, NY was an immensely successful business. Harlow Bundy established accounts with the United States Post Office and the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad.  The time clock created an international revolution in the way that businesses managed their employees. Harlow Bundy managed the company while his brother Willard created more patents and improvements to their time recording clocks.

The Bundy Mfg. Co. moved to Endicott, NY in 1906 (click here). After consolidating with several other companies in 1907, it became known as the International Time Recording Company of Endicott, NY or ITR. Harlow Bundy retired from the Company in 1915, shortly thereafter Thomas Watson was hired to manage ITR.

In 1924, the name of the Company was changed to International Business Machines (IBM) which produced master clocks, time clocks, and other recording machines. The production of the time clocks continued until IBM sold that division to Simplex Recorder Company in 1958.

And now for the rest of my story: I started work at IBM in Endicott, NY on Sept. 30 of 1968, and continued my professional career there for another 30 years until I retired. I am grateful for the invention of the time recorder by Willard Bundy and the business savvy of his brother Harlow Bundy since they began a long thread of recording businesses which enabled me to make a living for myself and my family. Why did it all start in the Finger Lakes? Why not?

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  1. John Surgent

    Why did Willard Bundy invent a 1000 year clock? It seems like there would be no use for such a clock. I know that it is a bit late to respond to this article but I am just curios John Surgent

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