In Reply to: Elgin movement posted by steve on October 21, 2008 at 02:52:
: : : : Can someone please enlighten me as to the origin of 'elgin movement'? Blues artist Robert Johnson makes reference to 'elgin movement' in his song Walkin' Blues.
: : : Elgin is a watch. Maybe that is the origin. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elgin_Watch_Company
: : Here's an article on "Elgin Movement," tying blues lyrics to the watch company. The example from Blind Blake seems to be the clincher: "She got Elgin movements / They're twenty-years guaranteed," which refers to the company's twenty year guarantee.
: : http://www.emusic.com/features/spotlight/292_200712.html
: : and there it is.
Cool. I just remembered that my mother had an Elgin and it was supposed to be a very good watch.