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Elgin Watchmakers College Class Photo

I took this photo of a photo with Google Photos new photo scan app. It took two tries to get the image right, but the results are usable for online purposes. It was fast and easy. I have a scanner and will continue to use it for quality images, but the new app isn't bad at all, as far as it goes.

This image is of students at the Elgin Watchmakers College. The year is unknown. But they didn't do these photos every year. The one I have like this that has my Grandfather in it is from 1937, if memory serves. This would appear to be near that year, a year or two later perhaps.

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