For the past several days my wife and I have been in Waltham & Cambridge Massachusetts finishing up the research for "Waltham Trench Watches of the Great War".
We flew to Boston, rented a car and drove directly to Waltham.
Our first stop was the Waltham Watch Factory building that sits right along the Charles River.
Have to admit, it was quite a moment for me and Tiffany!
To actually see the building and touch it with our own hands was a special treat!
Its one thing to talk about the trench watches on the forums and post a few pics, its a completely different experience to be in the actual building where they were made 100 years ago.
It is MASSIVE to say the least!
I am SO happy that the factory was never demolished, unlike the Elgin factory that has been torn down for about 50 years.
The Waltham factory building has been converted into loft style apartments and condos, lots of office space for businesses too.
There are several phases of refurbishment going on, not all of it has been completed yet.
We were able to go inside and walk around the halls, they even have a mini museum that is quite impressive.
Here is a site map from 1903 that is on the mini museum wall in the factory building.
After we left the factory we checked into our room.
Decided to stay at an old boarding house near the factory building rather than a modern hotel so we could get a better feel of how things were many years ago.
We wanted an experience of how things were, not how the are.
On day two we drove to Cambridge Massachusetts where Harvard University is located, only about a 20 minute drive from Waltham.
All of the Waltham records are kept at Harvard in the historical section of the business school library, including the Dubois/Depollier records.
Harvard has VERY strict rules when viewing the documents that I was not exactly happy about, but we did get to look at every box we requested in advance.
This is the Baker Library at Harvard, beautiful building and campus!
We also visited the Waltham Museum across town from the Waltham factory, the staff there was incredibly nice and helpful!
The Charles River Museum of Industry was closed during our visit so we missed out on that one unfortunately.
In all, the research trip was very successful and the last few pages of "Waltham Trench Watches of the Great War" can now be written.
If you are ever in the Walhtam area I highly suggest stopping by the factory so you can see it for yourself...........my heart skipped a beat when I first laid my eyes on it!