Catalogue Number: 2687
LogMAR barbecue aprons
Category: Memorabilia and ephemera
Sub-Category: Advertising, trade and products
Designer/inventor: AUGUSTEYN Robert
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: c 1995
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Melbourne
Publisher/Manufacturer: National Vision Research Institute of Australia
Description Of Item: Two white plastic barbecue aprons advertising the LogMAR charts that were devised and sold by the National Vision Research Institute of Australia. The aprons are edged with black plastic which extends to a neck halter. A message at the top promotes the research on cataract in the NVRI, its main research theme under the leadership of Professor Augusteyn. The main design on the aprons is an approximate reproduction of the LogMAR chart and there is a copyright claim for the NVRI at the bottom of the aprons.
Historical Significance: The NVRI had developed the LogMAR system of assessing visual acuity and the LogMAR chart in 1975 and it made and sold a range of LogMAR products, various visual acuity charts and near point reading cards. They became an icon of the NVRI and NVRI Director Professor Augusteyn (1991-2001) was a vigourous promoter of them. Here the charts feature on barbecue aprons as a means of promoting the NVRI and the LogMAR charts it sold. Photo featuring Robert Augusteyn and the apron is Cat No 1228.
How Acquired: Donated by Robert Augusteyn, Director of the NVRI 1991-2001
Condition: Very good
Location: Archive room. East wall Unit 4 Cupboard