At it's peak, over 1,350 people worked for the Wadsworth Watch Case Company
|An aerial view of the
Wadsworth plant, 1893
An aerial view of the Wadsworth
|A contemporary account of Wadsworth is here.|
from a Facebook post by Barbara Sparks Rawe, of a Tharp Dayton Heritage Museum image.
|A small chart of Wadsworth employment statistics thru the Great Depression is here.|
|You weren't allowed to wear pants with cuffs and work at Wadsworth. There was a concern about specks of gold dust accidently being carried away.|
|There's a site here with a little more history of Wadsworth, plus a collection of links to ads from the company that show various watch case designs.|
In its March, 1950 issue, In Kentucky Magazine ran a feature on
Wadsworth. All of the following images are from that issue:
The story they ran with these pictures is here.
Wadsworth would eventually expand their line of watch cases into also making cigarette cases and compacts. We've found some really beautiful examples of the quality of their workmanship,
For the second World War, Wadsworth converted from making watch cases, cigarette cases and compacts to making precision instruments for the war effort. Pictures and descriptions of that conversion.
If you can identify anyone in any of the above photos, please drop us an email.