Vintage Elgin Watch Factory Postcard Four (4) Cards Depicting Landmarks in Elgin, IL


The Elgin National Watch Co., Elgin, ILL. #42 postcard is numbered 12186N and is marked “Made in U.S. A. By E.C. Kropp Co., Milwaukee, Wis. (EJL). The wording on the back states, “This is the world’s largest fine watch factory. Here skilled craftsmen and master scientists work hand-in-hand to produce the world’s finest timepieces. In its three-quarter century existence, the company has made and sold more than 39,000,000 watches.”

Two are of the Elgin Observatory, Elgin National Watch Co., Elgin, ILL. #36. Numbered 3741N and 3741. Made in the U.S.A. by E.C. Kropp Co., Milwaukee, Wis. (KIF) There are words on the back of only one of them (3741N) which states, “Here time is checked with the march of the stars and built into the watch that made Elgin famous.” This observatory is now used by the local school district and is a true landmark and timekeeper of Elgin’s esteem history.

The fourth one is of High School, Elgin. ILL-3. It states that it is Pub. By Michael Birch, Elgin, ILL. Natural Color Post Card made in the U.S.A. by E.C. Kropp Co., Milwaukee, Wis. (HBL). The words on the back state, “Elgin’s educational facilities-11 elementary schools, Abbott School and Central High School, four parochial schools, Elgin Academy and Junior College, ten buildings, Academy Bowl, Art Gallery, Chicago Junior School and one secretary school and commercial college.”

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