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Discussion in 'American Pocket Watches' started by Rhett Lucke, Apr 14, 2019.
Another Hamilton neon display
Here's an Aurora business card. I've not been collecting all that long, but from what I've seen, I can certainly agree with Greg as to the scarcity of Aurora advertising.
A Trenton trade card and an ad for a Trenton cyclometer.
A couple variations of a Waltham reverse painted glass sign.
Now we're talkin'! Just beautiful!-Cort
Beautiful! I've never seen the second one - more detailed eagle and a slightly different logo, in addition to the color variations. Any idea as to the timing of these?
The Allebach card shows up often enough that me thinks a small stash of them was found many years ago. It's certainly a neat piece.
For prospective ephemera buyers it should be pointed out that reprints of this card were made (by Bernie Edwards, as I recall). Some of the reprints are as postcards, but perhaps not all.
Good to know, Greg. Just curious - why is the card referred to as Allebach?
"L. Allebach, Emlenton, Pa." I've seen a few Auroras with his name on the dial.
I'm not really sure on the dates for these Waltham signs. Maybe another member can shed some light. The verbage "Are Carried All Over The World" versus "Go All Over The World" might also be a clue.
More Hamilton ........... a neat window or countertop display piece.
brings up 'tears' of regrets... dropped out of bidding on one of these in the mid 1980's at an estate auction.. at 160 bux !!! regrets, regrets, regrets.....
I know the feeling. Guess we all have a few that we wish we could go back for a "do-over".
"South Bend Watches" metal sign featuring the iconic depiction of a South Bend watch running in a block of ice, c.1915.
Another stamp - this one is portrait orientation like the one on the front of the Service Bureau Bulletin.
Not really advertising, but Aurora related.
Well I do collect vintage paper ads, but the street sign above my " Hobby Room" (not rubber room..lol) says it all, kind of suprised my wife's letting it go in the hallway....Hey, maybe she's being absorbed !
A little thing I picked up, went on the counter to display a watch to a customer, badly faded but cute.
Advertising or not it's really neat. I have couple other checks (to the same Canadian jeweler). Mine came from the famous internet auction site, which has been a fantastic source of horological ephemera.
I agree , it amazes me the time and effort people put into simple things like penmanship. It says so much about your persona. Look at the "D" in Dec. on the check (In the upper corner by the 1886). Is it it any wonder why the pocket watches we love,collect and carry are still so magnificent and functional from so many years ago. The craftsmanship is a sense of pride from that era. I wish that was still a part of our disposable society.
Greg - I had never noticed until just now that this business card is for L. Allebach!
"Buy the Rockford Watch" watch paper.
Capturing a decent scan of this item was challenging.
"Dueber Hampden Watch Works" Glass Negative.
(positive image for reference)
Wonderful image! How big is the slide/negative?
If you have a light box, you can lay the slide on the box, mask around the edges to cut out the back light by laying black construction paper or something similar on each side, then photograph with your camera or phone and crop as needed.
Although not a Waltham sign or specifically advertising, below is a photo from a glass negative of the Waltham exhibit at the 1893 Columbian Exposition. You can see the machinery set up on the right, and at the top right, you can see part of the Mermod and Jaccard exhibit sign.
Another reverse painted glass sign
What an achievement it was.
Not exactly advertising(but it kind of fits in this thread maybe) but I believe this printing block was probably
used at some newspaper when they needed an image like this or
it was part of an advertisement(I don't know).
This thread made me buy it so I'm putting it here.
Golfing with Webb C. Ball ...
It's actually a pen and pencil set in the form of a golf bag and with golfing images around its sides.
Man.......... I've been a waitin for that one to show.
I remember in AWE viewing and holding this item years ago..........
Love the Ball pen & pencil set.
A little out of season
Thanks! The glass negative measures 7"x5".
I also have a glass slide (4"x3.25") produced c.1920 by the Advertising Slide Company of St. Louis advertising Elgin watches for Geo. S. Dales & Co. of Akron, Ohio. These were utilized in cinemas during the silent film era.
A third such card recently passed through the famous internet auction site. Any others to report?
Not Aurora but picked up these rusty old tweezers a while back. Rockford of course.
Waterbury Watch Co advertising pin for their Trump Cyclometer. The pin is marked Ohara Dial on the back.
And Dueber put this on the back of their bicycle brochure....
Not to hijack the thread, but I don't know if this has already come up, so wanted to mention it. Quite often the "reverse painted" and/or "negative" glass plates, were used (more by local jewelers than manufacturers) as on-screen advertising "stills" at theaters throughout the silent movie era and perhaps even later.
Aside from the sample I'm posting, I have one (sadly, cracked) touting my great grandfather's patented mechanical meat tenderizer...circa 1929. I would love to stumble onto something similar for pocket watches. The few that have been shown on this thread so far are FASCINATING and I suspect quite rare since there weren't many made and they were a frequently trashed item... in the day!
PLEASE more of these for watches! Thanks!
OOPS! Just spotted Nathan's post (#183) and others...regarding the "magic Lantern" slides...his being from Elgin! Very cool!! Sorry to be redundant.
A bit more on topic - here's my German-made Delgard (Delaware) dollar watch with paper insert from 1952. (Interesting interpretation of a 'calendar' watch.)
Only a magazine ad but this came with a lot of clock and watch stuff.
It was framed poorly but From Western Home Monthly Nov 1921.
I have not seen this ad before, and after searching for a while and finding only a couple similar, I thought I should post it somewhere.
I'm still not sure what was made in Canada? Was Duane H. Church Canadian?
Advertising for my great, great grandfather's business on Maiden Lane. The billhead from 1889 was for purchase of 1/2 dozen unknown, one swiss 10L cannon pinion and Lepine dial, total invoice including mailing, 55 cents. The postcard was to a Joseph Lauber in Archbold, Ohio in 1893 and I am showing a couple of watches related to the postcard ad. Haven't found Mr.Lauber on ancestry yet.
American-made movements were often imported as such into Canada, then cased here in Canadian-made cases. As I understand it, the resultant watch was considered "Canadian Made" for customs duty purposes. Maybe that's what the 1921 advert was putting out as a patriotic marketing ploy?
Looks like they were picking up on an advertising technique similar to what Crescent Watch Case Co used to keep their name before the customer back at the turn of the century - 19th to 20th centuries. (These were scanned very low res, and don't expand well.)
My favorite 992B ad from Oct. 1951...……….
Pat, I’ve found some Crescent calendar papers too;1898,1901,1911 and1912 so far. I’m collecting only the loose case manufacturer’s papers I come across as opposed to the watchmaker papers. I just can’t bring myself to remove papers from their original cases. -Cort
Cort, I only have unused examples of these, too. I have other watch-papers, but none that I removed from a watch. The papers are part of the history, and I don't want to be the one to remove that bit of their story.
Webb and Sidney Ball from 1910...…......
Another Ball Ad from Oct. 1914...…………