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Navy Department Calls For Your Help

From The American Horologist and Jeweler magazine, March, 1942

Navy Department Calls For Your Help
T.O. BRANDON Lt. Comdr., U.S.N., Material Officer

From a Navy letter, we quote: "Mr. George H. Ballou, 90 West Street, New York, New York, is procuring suitable chronometers, mounted chronometer watches, chronometer watches and timer s top watches, for the Navy's urgent war·· time needs. Your cooperation in getting such timepieces into the Navy's possession will facilitate your Government's wartime efforts.

Mr. Ballou is selling the above instruments to the government at the Navy's appraised valuation. A reasonable profit on a transaction is due him for his efforts. Your assistance in expediting this part of the procurement program is recognized as a patriotic gesture and the government thanks you for any possible assistance on your part." 

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