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Horologist of Royalty

From The American Horologist magazine, July 1940

Horologist of Royalty


A North Hollywood paper quoting from the Horologist stated that W. M. Matchette, prominent jeweler of Canoga Park, California, had completed a scenario founded on the royalty of France.
Motion picture executives read it, and have evinced great interest in the scenario. Mr. Matchette is well fitted for writing such a scenario. But for the French Revolution he might have been living today in the inner circles of royalty, if not indeed on the throne himself.

Portland, Oregon Guild 

Held a dinner meeting party June 3 at Bixby's. A report of National convention activity and a Workmanship contest, which proved to be very interesting, with valuable prizes from the various manufacturers and distributors in Portland. 
H. Sabro

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