Newest Addition to the Digital Archive: Illinois Watches and Their Makers (1921)

In 1921, the Illinois Watch Company published a promotional booklet titled “Illinois Watches and Their Makers.” The majority of the content included in this publication consists of excerpts from the company’s monthly newspaper, “Doings.” Articles include details regarding how watches are adjusted at the factory, information about how accurate time is derived from the stars at the astronomical observatory, and how Illinois movement #9 was still in active service. The end of the booklet concludes with illustrations and descriptions of the railroad watches offered by the company including the Sangamo Special and the iconic Bunn Special, amongst others. This booklet provides intriguing insight into the inner workings of the Illinois Watch Company during the early 1920s and which watches were being heavily marketed at the time.

23-Jewel Illinois Watch Company Bunn Special. c.1922
23-Jewel Illinois Watch Company Bunn Special. c.1922

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