Catalogue Number: 1038
Rodenstock: 100 years for better vision
Sub-Category: Hewett collection
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1977
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Munich
Publisher/Manufacturer: Optosche Werke G Rodenstock
Description Of Item: Original pictorial boards, 76 pages, illustrated mostly in colour. VCO library stamp.
Historical Significance: Rodenstock is a leading manufacturer of ophthalmic lenses and spectacles frames. The company was founded in 1877,and is based in Munich. It has a worldwide workforce of approximately 4,600 and is represented in more than 80 countries with sales subsidiaries and distribution partners. Rodenstock maintains production sites for ophthalmic lenses at 11 locations in 10 countries.It was founded by Josef Rodenstock (1846-1905), a peddler of self-designed measuring instruments and spectacle frames, from Thuringia, who began business operations together with his brother Michael in the name of the company "G. Rodenstock" which had been founded in Wurzburg in 1877. The head office was moved to Munich in 1883. He liked an argument if he was convinced that it was important for the development of his company. He combated "unprofessional spectacle traders", took legal proceedings against competitors who wanted to have his patents revoked and fought against ophthalmologists who complained about Rodenstock's refraction work and his "educational tracts".
How Acquired: Ex Nathan Library
Location: Nathan Library. Hewett collection