Scanned Documents and Pictures
Some of the many of the pictures
One of the best ways, and often the only way, to learn about watches
is by reading books, advertisements and documents that were made
when the watches were made. In this section of the website, there
are hundreds of scanned pages, everything from whimsical ads to
highly technical documents.
While the primary focus of this website is on Elgin watches and
closely related subjects, information about other brands of watches
have been included when the images have popped up.
Be careful with the "huge" versions of the pictures, some of them are
large enough to crash some computers. The "huge" versions are
available so that small details can be compared with actual watches.
They also should be detailed enough to make reasonable printouts. Not
all pictures are as high a resolution as I would like, but I don't
have all of these books, so I can't re-scan them. While the pictures
are too large to be easily downloaded or view on the screen with
current technology, the goal is for these to used for long term
archival purpose so that 20 years from now, they will still be
considered "acceptable quality." While scanners will certainly be
much better in the future, most of the pictures already show all
details to the limits of the original printed material.
A special thanks needs to go to Kent Singer for supplying many of the
scans that are available here. When you seen pictures that is marked
with things like "Courtesy NAWCC Library", "Locomotive Firemen and
Enginemen's Magazine", or "Courtesy of Catherwood Library", they are
usually from Kent.