Post box for H & C Stiles Opticians Bendigo

Catalogue Number: 3490
Post box for H & C Stiles Opticians Bendigo
Category: Memorabilia and ephemera
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: c 1930
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Description Of Item: Cardboard post box, 160 x 64 x 45 H mm, for mailing spectacles, with lid overlapping the full height of the base and metal reinforced corners of lid and base. Printed on top ESTABLISHED 1907 TELEPHONE 802 / H. & C. STILES / QUALIFIED OPTICIANS / WILLIAMSON STREET BENDIGO / A RECORD KEPT OF ALL PRESCRIPTIONS
Historical Significance: Post boxes for spectacles were commonly used in the early years of optometry because it was not always convenient for patients, especially those in the country, to attend to collect their glasses or to return them for adjustment or repair.See related item Cat No. 1542, a flyer for H. and C. Stiles of about the same period as this box. See other post boxes at Cat Nos. 1790, 2188, 2189, 2632, 2842, 2850, 3311, 3316, 3346, 3365.
How Acquired: Donated by Michael Aitken, honorary archivist
Date Acquired: Feb 2018
Condition: Fair. Discoloured from old mould
Location: Archive room. West wall. Unit 2 Drawer 2

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