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Marker Details

Historical Marker:

Illinois Watch Case Company


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Location:
The marker is located in Elgin on the northeast corner of the intersection of Dundee and Chester Avenues.
Latitude:
42.0522
Longitude:
-88.2711
Dedication Date:
05/01/2007
Dedication By:
The Elgin Heritage Commission and The Illinois State Historical Society

Marker Description:
For more than 70 years, this site was occupied by the Illinois Watch Case Company. The firm was a leader in the domestic watch industry and by the 1920's had produced more than 30 million watch cases.

A subsidiary produced jewelry goods, lockets, cigarette lighters, and the famed "Elgin American" ladies compacts. During World War II, the company won an Army-Navy Excellence Award for its production of mortar shells and war-related materials.

Foreign competition and a changing market eventually led to an end of production in the early 1960's.
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