The story of contact lenses

Catalogue Number: 619
The story of contact lenses
Category: Book
Sub-Category: Book of historical note
Author: SALVATORI, Phillip L
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1960
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: New York
Publisher/Manufacturer: Obrig Laboratories
Description Of Item: Original black cloth, 57 pages, illustrated
Historical Significance: Theodore Obrig and Philip Salvatori formed Obrig Laboratories in New York in 1938. During the 1840s and early 1950s their books were the best source of informaton on contact lenses. They wrote the third edition of Obrig's 'Contact Lenses' as joint authors in 1957. Salvatori received the Dallos medal from the Contact Lens manufacturers Association in 1974. See Cat # 599 for another book by Salvatori. See cat # 95, 176, 494, 507, 558. 575, 581, 583, 585 and 591 for other early contact lens book. See Bowden T. Contact Lenses: the story (2009). Cat No 1241 for a comprehensive account of the history of contact lenses. Salvatori served in the US Army Medical Department as a surgical assistant and in the US Navy as a pharmacist's mate. He had a short spell as professional boxer, studied for two years in Rome and spent two years at the New York Business School. He then had a brief period as secretary to an ophthalmologist before becoming an ophthalmic dispenser and setting up his own firm in New York. In 1935 Salvatori became founder and first President of the Society of Dispensing Opticians USA.
How Acquired: Purchased by Kett Museum ($15)
Date Acquired: Feb 2008
Condition: Fine
Location: Archive room. East wall. Books of historical note

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