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1st. Congregationalist Church
St. Mary's Church
St. John Ev. Lutheran Church
Ev. Lutheran Church of Holy Spirit
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 Episcopal Church
Grant School
Borden Library
City Hall
Cook Publishing
Brethren Publishing 
Dunham's Castle
Elk's Club
Ill. State Armory 
Home Bank Building
Professional Building
Post Office
Sears Academy
Selz Shoe Factory
Masonic Temple
H. Kind 
Hubbard Block
Cromwell Shoes
Judge Botsford's Residence
Fire Barn # 1
Fire Barn # 5
Elgin Eagle Beer
Sherman Hospital
Resthaven Sanitarium
St. Joseph's Hospital
Larkin Children's Hospital
Elgin State Hospital Annex
Old People's Home
Grove Ave.
Grove Ave 
at Nite.
North on Grove
Douglas Ave.
Chicago Street
Villa Street
Highland & Larkin Avenues
Modern Elgin
Grove Ave. (Mod)
Aerial View
Elgin Skyline
Greetings From Elgin
Greetings From Elgin (1975)

M. C. Eppenstein’s Residence

The Illinois Watch Case Company was owned by Max C. Eppenstein. It was an outgrowth of his Chicago wholesale jewelry firm. Wishing to change the name of his company to "The Elgin Watch Case Company", a bitter legal battle ensued between Eppenstein and The Elgin National Watch Company. Eventually, The United States Supreme Court ruled that "Elgin" was a geographic location and the name could not be trademarked. 

Within its first year in business, Eppenstein and his new venture would employ about 250 workers and would produce over 900 cases daily. 

Eppenstein's home was erected in the late 1890's and stood at 230 State Street.  The third floor windows had an excellent view of the east side of Elgin.  The house was damaged in a fire in November of 1960 and was demolished.  Ed. Note:  This postcard, published by The Suhling and Koehn Company, spelled Mr. Eppenstein's last name wrong, omitting the second P in his name.


Fox River
Chgo St Bridge
Chgo Bridge at night
Kimball  Bridge
Walton Island
Pumping Station
Elgin Nat'l 
Watch Co.
West & Front Wing
Noon at Factory
The Main Entrance
National House
Elgin Watchmakers College
Il. Watch 
Case Factory
Eppenstein's Home
N. Y. World's Fair
My Elgin's All Right
Gifford Park
Veteran Monument
Lord's Park
Scenic View
Upper Lake
Band Stand
Audubon Museum
Pavilion At Night
Pavilion in Wintertime
Bear Pit
Trout Park
Trout Park  Amusement Park
Sulfur  Springs
(Wing Park)
Wing Park
Swimming Pool
Band Concert
(Wing Park)
Weldwood Country Club
Central Park
Bridge over Tyler Creek
Windmill on Aurora Elgin RR
Kelley Hotel
Hotel Fosgate
Fox Hotel
Dairy Cows
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