Happy Birthday, Standard Time

On this day in 1883, time zones launched in the United States.  Prior to the time every major city had a “noon stick” where the sun being overhead set the time for noon and time was extrapolated from there. Who cared if Boston was a few minutes earlier than New York when the two were days apart on horseback.Happy_Birthday_Standard_Time_Virtual_Inc.jpg

The railroads changed all that.  And industry came together–albeit with heavy hand by the Vanderbilts–to solve the problem.

Think a problem today is too big for industry standards to solve?   Check your watch. 

 

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