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Default US 1880 Census, Watches and Clocks

I have just made available a transcript of the following on my web site www.watkinsr.id.au:

Report on the Manufactures of the United States at the Tenth Census (June 1, 1880), The Manufacture of Watches and Clocks by Charles H. Fitch

These two short reports (8 and 2 pages respectively) form part of the massive Volume II on manufactures, produced in 1883 after the 1880 census.

This volume has a long section of 85 pages on: "The Manufactures of Interchangeable Mechanism", all of which was written by Charles Fitch and covers fire-arms, ammunition, sewing machines, locomotives, watches, clocks, and agricultural implements.

Although the sections on watches and clocks are short, and it is apparent that Fitch knew very little about the subject, nevertheless they provide an interesting and useful summary of methods and machinery at that time.
Richard Watkins, FNAWCC
Horological Historian and Translator
Horological Books: www.watkinsr.id.au
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