Post box for spectacles for J & J Ingram

Catalogue Number: 2850
Post box for spectacles for J & J Ingram
Category: Memorabilia and ephemera
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: c 1950
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Melbourne
Publisher/Manufacturer: J & J Ingram
Description Of Item: Post box for spectacles, rectangular brown cardboard box, 145 mm W, 70 mm D, 25 mm H, printed on top of the box J & J INGRAM / BSc, FBOA, FSMC, FIO Lond / Eyesight specialists / 396 St Kilda Rd / Melbourne, The box holds original tissue paper packing.
Historical Significance: James T W Ingram was among the first optometrists to be registered in 1936 following the passage of the Victorian Opticians Act in 1935. The registered address is the same as that on this box. He was registered under Section 8 of the Act that offered registration to those without formal qualifications o the grounds of significant prior experience in the practice of optometry. However, this box proclaims he holds a raft UK Fellowships and, unusually among optometrists of the time, a BSc degree. Since the box record it is for J and J Ingram, the second J Ingram maybe the holder of the qualifications. James T W Ingram was clearly in practice in the 1930s
How Acquired: Donated by Colin Dundon, antique ophthalmic collector, Williamstown
Date Acquired: May 2016
Condition: Good
Location: Archive room. West wall. Unit 2 Drawer 2

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