wadswoth, dayton, ky

At it's peak, over 1,350 people worked for the Wadsworth Watch Case Company

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Wadsworth, 1922

An aerial view of the
Wadsworth plant, 1893

An aerial view of the Wadsworth
plant, circa 1901

A contemporary account of Wadsworth is here.

 

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Wadsworth Watch Case
Company, Dayton
Wadsworth Watch
Case Co., 1948

 

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from a Facebook post by Barbara Sparks Rawe, of a Tharp Dayton Heritage Museum image.

 

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Ad from Wadsworth, 1893 Read all about J.A.
Wadsworth himself.

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1902 ad

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A small chart of Wadsworth employment statistics thru the Great Depression is here.
newYou 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.

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In its March, 1950 issue, In Kentucky Magazine ran a feature on
Wadsworth.  All of the following images are from that issue:

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 The story they ran with these pictures is here.

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newWadsworth 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,

 

newFor 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.

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