Catalogue Number: 1960
Looking back. An illustrated history of the American ophthalmic industry
Sub-Category: Hewett collection
Author: BRUNENI Joseph L
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1994
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Torrence, California, USA
Publisher/Manufacturer: Optical Laboratories Association
Description Of Item: Colour pictorial dust jacket, blue 'cloth' covers, 232 pages plus index, copiously illustrated in black and white except for color frontispiece facing page 1 which reproduces the picture on the dust jacket.
Historical Significance: A detailed history of the companies and people in the USA optical industry covering the professions, the pioneers, the major manufacturers (including American Optical and Bausch and Lomb), the early optical laboratories, history of lenses, Kryptok lenses and multifocals and history of the frame manufacturers. There is mention of the Australian lens company SOLA (p144). Chapter 19 is a chronology.
How Acquired: Purchased by Kett Museum
Date Acquired: Oct 2011
Condition: Very good
Location: Nathan Library. Hewett collection