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Elgin Watch Factory Photos

I've posted an album of four photos from the estate of someone who worked at the Elgin factory in about 1910. One photo shows the staff from the repair room at a picnic. The others, I believe, are interior scenes of the National House, which was an employee recreational and dormitory building.

From Elgin National Watch Co

Find the whole album here:
Elgin National Watch Co


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