National Geographic : 1917 Aug
This is a woodcut reproduction from an actual photograph (not a visionary drawing of a building) of the new American workshop of the Gruen Watchmakers Guild, on "Time Hill" near Cincinnati, U. S. A. "A WORTHY COMPANY OF WATCHMAKERS" How the Spirit of the Ancient Guild of Master Craftsmen is preserved in America today N SWITZERLAND, years ago, flourished companies of craftsmen, known as "guilds". SOf these, the most powerful and :the most famous was the Guild of Watchmakers, whose time pieces became famous through out the world for their accuracy, beauty and durability. In their charters we read that they were incorporated to practice the "mystery and art of watchmaking". Watchmaking was a "mystery" then because only a chosen few of the most skilled artisans were admitted to the "worthy company", as the mem bers of the guild styled themselves. And the secrets of the craft were jealously guarded. The members of the guild were picked men, who served long apprenticeships. It was an "art" because the mem- "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."