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Discussion in 'American Pocket Watches' started by Rhett Lucke, Apr 14, 2019.
Rockford metal stand with associated statement cards.
Glass slide that was shown in movie theaters. The hands (now missing) were moved to indicate time.
Pat and Jay H. were so nice to give up this Rockford display case to my collection some time ago. And, no I don't display any watches of any value.
Same poster as is in thread #10 but a puzzle. Front and rear views.
And, the commonly seen business card trays. The rectangular tray is apx. 5" long.
Rockford lithograph by Beck & Pauli Co.
Illinois Watch Co. Enlarged view of text in lower left.
Super cool Rockford items. Thanks for the pics.
The piece below isn't advertising rather just ephemera. But it reminds of how ebay has changed the collecting of such stuff.
Many years ago I saw a similar guarantee card for a different Aurora movement on the famous auction site but, unfortunately, it was after the item had ended and sold. I was bummed as I'd never seen one of these cards before. Then about 1 week later a different seller offered the card below and, of course, I pounced. In the many many years since I've never seen another. Anyone else?
Aurora of Lancaster, Pa.?
John C. Perry business card. Perry was a drummer for New York, Hampden, Aurora and eventually Hamilton.
Nothing nearly as cool as Darrah and Greg's posts, but here are a few advertising match covers.
There are other Rockford items such as the die cut fold out ads, post cards, booklets, etc. I could post but would rather let others post some too. I enjoy ephemera so much that I went out on Shutterfly and made myself a coffee table book. Now I can enjoy them easier without fear of their being damaged. I collect a few other Brands when my resistance fails such as this Omega foldout.
Greg, what size is this card? Wonderful advertising in the small print that all of their agents are fine watch makers and thoroughly understand Aurora movements.
About 2 x 4.
Vintage advertising in situ. Notice the Elgin Elgineer sign behind the watchmaker. Can anyone identify the framed piece over the door? It's not familiar to me.
Appears to be an optometry sign.
A similar certification issued by the National Watch Company, c.1868.
More Rockford ephemera. Without the famous auction site it's hard to imagine how such an odd bit would have come to the attention of a watch collector.
The most interesting printer block I've had was one showing a cut of an Illinois grade 105. Illinois isn't my area so I sold it off after a while. Somewhat surprisingly, it went overseas.
A nice fob with a private label Hamilton from the same jeweler.
Waltham card set with celluloid pin/button
can't remember source....
Here is a Hamilton court plaster cast (band aid, fake mole holder) advertising give away
with a 1909 Hamilton advertising material page originally posted by Terry Hall(that includes this piece).
Advertising materials given away free of charge.
noticing your triangle five minute markers
Yea, the dials not exactly the same as the one on the card but I’m hoping everyone will give me a pass
I also noticed that I didn’t get the time set the same as on the card. That’s what I get for rushing.
Thanks, Musicguy! I noticed that one of my court plaster cases, pictured below, has different verbiage on the reverse. Does anyone know how many different versions/iterations there were? The plasters are from a holder like Musicguy's.
Are the items often identified as stamp holders actually court plaster holders, or are they two different items?
I believe they were all intended to hold court plaster. The reference to stamp holders is probably just an assumption that people make, based on the size of the piece.
I can think of two main versions as shown below.
Plus the one I posted for 3 identified versions so far?
Sorry, you are correct. Your version and the bottom one I pictured are similar, but not identical.
timekeeper of the World.... side load and top load
These images are Larry Burwell's, but I now own the item...
Dual reference, brotherhood and watch company...
Love that ribbon fob. Larry has always had a great eye for quality and condition.
Here are a couple trade cards that I don’t believe I’ve shared yet on this thread.
Thanks on the ribbon, i could not refuse once offered to me...
Neat O on the Manhattan... i have a single knob example watch, but no ephemera
The Lancaster image is one of my FavOrites... National printed some Black tee shirts with this image.. wish they'd expand the use to some hats, Polo shirts, etc.....
The time on the watch, not matching the card, has been bugging me since I posted the 992E card above. Here are the corrected pics.
From a 1913 Dennison Catalogue.
Just looking over all the Rockford items. Very cool, indeed. And it makes me wonder, why did Rockford go out of business in 1915? I guess competition, but usually there is some immediate cause like a depression or some reason for a gradual decline, like a failure to innovate. Nineteen fifteen, on the cusp of America's involvement in World War I, seems an unlikely time for the company to fold, well before the advent of the wristwatch and the real ascendancy of Swiss watchmaking.
This link has a ton of Rockford advertising.
rockford-watch-company - RockfordReminisce.com
Rockford failed for the first time around 1896. After it was reorganized and sold (to, as I recall, Eppenstein) it reopened around 1902. Between 1896 and 1902 there was very sporadic production under an assignee. Why it failed for good in 1915? I don't know.
I've always enjoyed collecting Rockford ephemera. Reasons include the great variety and the fact that much of it is uncommon but not impossible to find. Here's more from my collection:
Hamilton neon sign:
Great Hamilton neon.
Here’s a neat Hamilton promotional giveaway.
I remember this one from ebay years ago.
Probably another example. I just bought this one in the past couple weeks
New York Chronograph Watch Co. was an outgrowth of Manhattan. Mike Harrold wrote a good article on Manhattan/New York many years ago for the Bulletin.
Elgin printer's block (shown reversed) and postage stamp with same image. This image was also used on the front of one of their service bulletins as shown in the image from a Google Books article circa 1916 about Elgin's Service Bureau program. I think this image may be from a painting by Cushman Parker, but am still looking for validation that this is the referenced image.
I would give you two likes for that elgin printer block
and matching advertising card.
Something that I don’t believe has been shown yet are paperweights. Here are a few advertising watch and watch cases.
Very nice. Aurora ephemera is rather uncommon. It would be neat to see more.