Pocket Watch Drawing

Vintage advertising image of an 1878 pocket watch. The advertisement identified this as a watch of French manufacture, used on railroads and steamboats, where accurate time is required. And, if you acted fast…”Think of it, a $12.00 Watch for only $3.00, and warranted one year for time.”

It was listed as a “bankrupt stock of watches.” All these years later and folks are still using the same type of advertising. Oddly enough, it still works.

The pocket watch drawing which was included in the advertisement is slightly angled to the viewer. It is the typical style for a pocket watch with a central ring on the top but it does have two dials – one for the time and one that counts the seconds – probably quite special all those years ago.

This advertising image was part of an ad placed at the back of the Scientific American December 14, 1878 edition.


This image is copyright free and in the public domain anywhere that extends copyrights 70 years after death or at least 120 years after publication when the original illustrator is unknown.