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Registration Law

From The American Horologist and Jeweler magazine, October, 1946

Registration Law

We sincerely hope that more laws will soon be enacted that will bring to an abrupt halt, the hideous practices such as those perpetrated by the watch repairman, who was found to have shellacked two pieces of brass to the balance arm of the balance wheel, supposedly to make it run slower.

Contributed by:
C. Allen, Jewelry, Pierre, South Dakota

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