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Elgin Advertising, 1927

Make Every Day "Mother's Day" in the Service of Your Gift

Any gift is a thrilling gift to mother...  it it comes on the wings of your devotion.  But why not an Elgin...  As your message to mother on Mother's Day this year?  Imagine her gaiety when she slips on the exquisite, ultra thin Elgin Wrist Watch, a tiny poem in white gold or platinum.  An imagine your satisfaction...  when you reflect that her Elgin will deliver to her ceaselessly, through its service and its beauty, that message of everlasting devotion which... all too often... you forget to send.

ELGIN
The Watch Word For Elegance and Efficiency

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