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Original Kit-Cat Klock
Modern Kit-Cat Klock
Above, an original model clock with packaging from the 1940s. Below, a black newer model clock displays four paws.

The Kit-Cat Klock is an art deco novelty wall clock shaped like a grinning cat with cartoon eyes that swivel in time with its pendulum tail. It is traditionally black, but models in other colors and styles are available. It is an iconic symbol of kitchens in pop culture.[1]

The first clock designed by Earl Arnault (1904-1971) in 1932 for the Allied Manufacturing Company in Portland, Oregon. Allied subsequently moved to Seattle, Washington in the early 1940s and then to southern California in 1962, whereupon it was renamed California Clock Company. The clock's design has changed little in the intervening years, with the first generation, manufactured from the 1930s–1950s having two paws, and newer models having four paws and a bow tie. The words "Kit-Cat" were added to the clock's face in the 1980s. The original clocks were AC-powered, but most sold since the late 1980s use batteries. The manufacturer estimates that an average of one clock has been sold every three minutes for the last 50 years.[1]

The name "Kit-Cat" is a trademark of California Clock Company.

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  1. ^ "Kit-Cat History". California Clock Co. Archived from the original on 2012-04-16. Retrieved 2012-04-21. 

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