Watch Inspector's Office Image

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  1. Noel Poirier

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    You're all probably tired of these railroad-inspired pictures, but as I find them I can't resist sharing them. This image is of the Watch Inspector's Office at Union Station in Chicago, Illinois circa 1943. Note the Hamilton Watch advertising plaque in the upper right hand corner of the image. I couldn't make out the maker of the clock on the wall, but other might be able to identify it.

    Enjoy!

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    Thanks, Noel! I can't identify the clock, but did find a bit about Chas H. Bern Watch Inspector and his family's business. They are a family of watchmaker/jewelers and looks like they are now Marshall Pierce & Co located on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Nice success story.

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    Good afternoon, Noel!

    Can't be sure, but I think I see the characteristic trapezoidal pattern of the dial-affixing screws seen in clocks by the Self Winding Clock Company. Note what appear to be two screws just above the seconds track, at about :52 and :08, and what appears to be another at about 7:15. The fourth screw might be concealed by the hour hand at about 4:45.

    The mark in the center below the hand shaft might be the opening for the synchronizing light. There are words underneath that opening, that might just say "Self Winding Clock Company," and below that "New York." The case has a crank in the upper door latch, as was common too. Synchronization would be common in 1943.

    Can't find one in the catalog that I have, but the Self Winding 9-A and 18-A have somewhat similar cases.

    Best regards!

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    Noel
    I am not tired of railroad pictures
    My interests include clocks, watches and railroads
    I am not the only one here interested in railroads
     
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    #5 Rhett Lucke, Oct 31, 2018
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    The Hamilton Advertising looks like it may be a decal applied to the glass. Here’s a similar decal on glass that came from an old Jewelry Store.

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    Thanks Les! I'll be sure to keep posting ones that might be of interest!
     
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