Catalogue Number: 3473
Collection of four ophthalmic rulers owned by Ella Pink
Sub-Category: Dispensing tool
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1930s
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Description Of Item: Collection of four dispensing rulers (1) interpupillary distance rule, varnished wood with black engraving, 139 x 50 mm, for measuring the distance between the centres of the pupils of the two eyes and also for measuring various dimensions of spectacle frames, (2) rule for measuring the length of curl sides of spectacles, varnished wood, 150 mm long x 45 mm overall width, marked 'THE INTERNATIONAL CURL SIDE RULE, (3) varnished wood 175 x 47 mm, with cut-outs for measuring nose width and engraved with scales to measure a variety of dimensions of the eye and spectacles, marked 'E.0.09 / LONDON' and 'REGD NO. 629288', and 4) white ivorine rule, 225 x 38 mm, with cut-outs for measuring nose width.
Historical Significance: These items belonged to Miss Ella Lillian May Pink (1890-1986) an Australian woman who qualified in optometry in London in 1915 and practised optometry in Australia from 1917 until September 1953.
How Acquired: Donated by Noel Dawson (Ella Pink Collection)
Date Acquired: Jan 2018
Location: Archive office. East wall shelves unit 3. Drawer 2