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Pictured: Elgin National Watch Co. “Sidewinder” Watch, Grade H.H. Taylor, c.1875. In addition to the more unusual dials that Webb C. Ball classified as “Freakish” Railroad Dials in his 1920 paper presented at the National Safety Council meeting, he also attacked “side-wheeler” watches (commonly referred...
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Pictured: “Ferguson Railroad Dial” Advertisement, The Jewelers’ Circular Weekly, November 5, 1913 The Ferguson Dial Company fervently advertised the patented “Ferguson Railroad Dial” in the early 1910s, especially in railroad industry trade magazines. These advertisements typically highlighted the primary feature of the dial as providing...
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