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[A brief departure from our ongoing study of the Burlington Watch Company] Pictured: Grade 8 M.D. Ogden Movement #257048, c.1873. Yesterday’s post told the story of how Mahlon D. Ogden’s Mansion miraculously survived the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 as the only building left standing...
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Pictured: “Our $1,000 Challenge” Burlington Watch Company Catalog, c.1911. The time-keeping challenge presented to the Elgin and Waltham factories by the Burlington Watch Company was not a novel concept, despite the company leveraging the prospect of an open competition. The original challenge was issued by...
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Pictured: “War On Trust Methods,” Burlington Watch Company Catalog, c.1911. Starting with the first advertisements promoting the “Burlington Special” in 1908, the Burlington Watch Company lauded their stance against the “watch trust,” prominently including the headline, “Fighting the Trust.” During this era, several large watch...
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Pictured: B.W. Raymond #180892 with Double-Sunk “Pennsylvania Railroad” Dial by the National Watch Company, c.1872. Around 1870, the National Watch Company began furnishing watches featuring custom-marked hand-painted dials for use on the Pennsylvania Railroad Company lines. These dials, manufactured in both single-sunk and double-sunk variations, ...
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