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Elgin Advertising, 1926

One of a series of little biographies of Elgin Watches
...WRITTEN BY EMINENT ELGINEERS

A truly great product is one that gives the buyer more than he has a right to expect.  I have found the Elgin Watch to be that kind of product.

My first Elgin was a gift of my father and mother - presented to me when I graduated from High School thirty-eight years ago.  It was guaranteed for twenty years.  But it served me faithfully for twenty-eight years - almost a decade beyond its guarantee.

It was keeping perfect time when I retired it - but I wanted a lighter, open face watch.

My present Elgin is a Corsican Model - a beautifully thin, almost wafer-like watch that exemplifies the new-day manufacturing principle of maximum efficiency with minimum bulk.

by H. S. FIRESTONE

ELGIN
THE WATCH WORD FOR ELEGANCE & EFFICIENCY
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