When Daylight Saving Time Was Illegal
I know when to eat! When hunger demands consumption! And might even eat the clock itself –depending on what it’s made of.
When Daylight Saving Time begins this year on Mar. 8, Americans are likely to turn their clocks forward with a minimum of grumbling over the lost hour — at least compared to the objections that were raised when it was first implemented. The idea of moving the clock around in order to maximize the useful hours of sunlight, thus saving the fuel otherwise needed for lights, was originally a wartime idea. Individual localities might choose to move forward or back, but the end of World War I meant the end of federal daylight saving. The option to decide on a case-by-case basis led cities and states across the country to take up proverbial arms — or, rather, clock hands — for or against.
The battle over the clocks raged for decades. People who liked having sunlight early in the day raged against those who privileged daylight in the evening. But…
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