(Optical) Trade catalogues from 1950 (DVD)

Catalogue Number: 2139
(Optical) Trade catalogues from 1950 (DVD)
Category: Papers
Sub-Category: Ophthalmic product catalogue
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 2010
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: London UK
Publisher/Manufacturer: International Ophthalmic Antiques Collectors' Club
Description Of Item: This compact disc contains scans of 7 catalogues of UK manufacturers and wholesalers of ophthalmic products dated between 1950 and 1970, in pdf format. The catalogues are (1) London Optical Company Ltd, undated c 1950, 161 pages, copiously illustrated with black and white photographs and drawings, about half of the pages are devoted to spectacle frames, half to consulting equipment and furniture, with the last pages presenting microscopes, binoculars and barometers. (2) Levers Optical Company, 24 pages, undated c 1950, copiously illustrated with black and white drawings, presenting modern steel ophthalmic furniture. (3) J & R Fleming Ltd, 53 pages, undated but handwritten date on first page April 1956 and a numerical code on page 2 that ends with 56, presenting phorometers, trail frames, consulting room furniture, trial lens sets, diagnostic equipment, test charts, orthoptic equipment, dispensing instruments, loupes and magnifiers, copiously illustrated. (4) J & R Fleming Ltd, 102 pages, 1958, front page title is 'Price Lists', containing new 1958 styles of Celtone spectacle frames, gold filled and rimless frames and other styles, a range of decorative attachments, spectacle cases, magnifiers and a small range of ophthamic equipment and furniture, copiously illustrated in black and white. (5) George Rodway Limited. 'Machinery for the optical industry' , 3rd edition 1957, 84 pages, containing machinery for grinding and polishing lenses and for cutting and edging lens to fit frames, with price lists. (6) R Archer and Sons Ltd Ophthalmic instruments and equipment, 1963, 94 pages, (7) Stigmat Limited, undated but dates ? on some pages are 1962 to 1970, 42 pages. Price list tables for ophthalmic lenses, pictures and descriptions of spectacle frames (Birch styles) and price lists. one page of spectacle cases (purse cases)
Historical Significance: Also on this disc is a copy of the index to the journal of the International Ophthalmic Antiques Collectors' Club 'Ophthalmic Antiques' from 1982 to 2011, which is also copied on to the Museum Computer
How Acquired: Purchased by Kett Museum
Date Acquired: Jan 2013
Condition: Good
Location: Archive office. South wall. Cube 6

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