[PW] Historical time zones in the US

Bristol Library bplref at gmail.com
Sun Aug 21 15:50:10 PDT 2016

Gary, this is VERY helpful. It may save me from 50 years of newspapers!
There is one footnote, though:  I started going through film and found that
both cities DID go on Daylight Savings Time in 1946-- I'm not at work so I
don't have the notes in front of me, but I think it was in May-- and
intended to stay on DST until September 29. Then the Commonwealth of
Virginia passed either a law or resolution (no notes here) that Virginia
would stay on EST.  As a result, both cities went back to EST on July 1,
1946.  One other nearby city on the Tennessee side had joined them
(Kingsport) but the other nearby Tennessee city did not (Johnson City).


On Sun, Aug 21, 2016 at 6:31 PM, Gary Lee Phillips <tivo.overo at gmail.com>

> Apologies for slow answer to this. I had to pull the appropriate reference
> work out of storage.
> According to "The American Atlas: US Latitudes and Longitudes, Time
> Changes and Time Zones" compiled by Neil F. Michelsen (San Diego, CA: Astro
> Computing Services, June 1978. ISBN 0-917086-16-3):
> Bristol, Bristol County, VA (36N36 82W11)
> and
> Bristol, Sullivan County, TN (36N36 82W11)
> Have both followed the same time zone changes since November 18, 1883 when
> standard time was first instituted in the US. Prior to that, both towns
> used local mean time determined by setting noon to match the time when the
> sun crosses due south.
> This was EST except when War Time was followed in the summers of 1918 and
> 1919, and from February 9, 1942 through September 29, 1945. As of April 30,
> 1967, both began to observe EDT on the standard schedule recommended by the
> federal government. Prior to 1967, their only observance of clock
> adjustments was during the aforementioned War Time requirements.
> This reference source is reliable in my experience, at least up through
> the year in which it was compiled. Obviously it can't include changes made
> after 1978.
> --Gary Phillips, Marengo IL

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