Elgin Video

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  1. mlcampbell

    mlcampbell Registered User

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    I just found this today and watched the whole thing in absolute fascination. Sorry if it's duplicated, I did a search but it didn't come up.

    [video=youtube;ys4ChOWYNy8]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ys4ChOWYNy8[/video]
     
  2. richiec

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    Whatever became of all of those wonderful machines? Were they all scrapped? It would be great to resurrect some of them and try to make a modern day Elgin watch, the cost of course would be prohibitive due to the cost of labor, but fun just the same.
     
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    I don't know what happened to all of them. I have read in other places that some of the lathes, etc, were sold off, but I'd imagine the bulk of it was carted off for scrap.

    Unfortunately, that America appears to be gone for good. What an amazing feat of manufacturing that was. 20,000 screws in a thimble and they fabricated all their own machinery.

    How many OSHA, Labor, and human resources violations did you notice? Lol. Did you see the woman (they called them "girls"...HR managers across the country are cringing involuntarily) poising the balance when she would stick her finger in and twist the belt on the lathe (or whatever) to stop it?
     
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    I am amazed that an assembly line operation IN THE 1930's could perform such intricate operations. This time is just 60 years removed from the civil war where men were shooting at each other with black powder muskets!
    Did this machinery for mass production exist even earlier than that time?
    Didn't Elgin start production of their watches in about 1870?

    WOW.... JUST.... WOW.

    Mike
     
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    But, the "girls" did get a 3 minute head start on the men at "quitting time".
    This was a time when men and women were RESPECTED for what they were and what they could do!. There was no OSHA or unions or NAACP or ASPCA or any other lettered leaches that drive up the cost of anything made in America.
    I would have rather lived during that time in American history with a low paying job than to live now with millions at my disposal. The difference.... INTEGRITY, TRUST and RESPECT!!

    Mike
     
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    Great find! I've added it to the References section of the "Elgin Watch Co." Encyclopedia article.
     
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    There was one watch company, Hampden, all of their machinery was sent to Russia in 1930. Russia produced watches brand Полёт.
     
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    quote_icon.png Originally Posted by richiec viewpost-right.png
    Whatever became of all of those wonderful machines? Were they all scrapped? It would be great to resurrect some of them and try to make a modern day Elgin watch, the cost of course would be prohibitive due to the cost of labor, but fun just the same.



    Well, since the governing fathers of that great city of Elgin, IL hurridly demolished the factory / clock tower ca: 1966 after Elgin's departure to S. Carolina ca: 1964, I don't think that anyone gave a thought about the equipment. I assume Elgin modernized with their new digs in S. Carolina and didn't need old equipment. With the factory being demolished in such a relatively short time period after Elgin left town, it is hard to imagine anyone even thinking about the historical importance of what had been.

    Also, let me add my thanks for bringing this video to the attention of the forum.

    Richard
     
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    Just fantastic! Thank you for bringing it to our attention.
     
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    Thank you for posting this great video! :coolsign:
     
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