19-Cebtury style railway clock/thermometers
Photo: Yunhee Kim

Track the Heat, Station-Style

Reader Andrea Mondella from Westchester, New York keeps her cool with help from an outdoor thermometer that has the look of a 19th-century railway clock.

"It helps remind me to take water breaks while gardening."

Two-faced clocks hanging from iron brackets started appearing in British railway stations in the 1840s and became an icon of the Victorian era. Over the years, the addition of a thermometer on one side made the post- or wall-mounted clocks even more functional. TOH reader Andrea Mondella relies on one to remind her how much time she spends in her sunny backyard during the heat of the day. "And I love how its decorative look dresses up my house's exterior," she adds. Want to bring the stately style home? Try one of our 11 favorites—just be sure to mount it in a shady spot for the most accurate reading.
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