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Postoffices Go Horological

From The American Horologist magazine, July 1940

Postoffices Go Horological

By Paul Vandervoort II

The vice-president in charge of the "curious names for postoffices department" says that the horological industry has not been neglected.

A thumbing of the latest Postal Guide reveals there are a number of towns in the United States whose names have horological connections.

Towns in Kentucky and New York glorify the watch and clock. For in New York is a town named CLOCKVILLE, in Kentucky, a postoffice called WATCH.

Horologsits can pick up a few parts, too. In Missouri, they'll find CASE; in Kentucky is CROWN.
Georgia has WINDER and DIAL, and STEM may be found in North Carolina. Arkansas furnishes HAND, CRYSTAL is in Idaho, CYLINDER in Iowa and SPRING in Texas.

Some brand names are also available. ELGIN, in Illinois and other states ; WALTHAM in several states, including Massachusetts, and WATERBURY found in Connecticut and other states. Oklahoma has INGERSOLL.

Accuracy has not been forgotten, for in Illinois is the slogan which all horologists follow - TIMEWELL.

An interesting collection, either for personal pleasure or display advertising purposes may be had at small cost, by securing postmarks of postoffices having horological connections.

The technique is simple. Mail a letter to the postmaster of the office from which postmark is desired, enclosing self-addressed, stamped envelope and a note asking postmaster to postmark and return. 

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