Scrap book of spectacle lens packets

Catalogue Number: 1889
Scrap book of spectacle lens packets
Category: Memorabilia and ephemera
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1920 - ?
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Description Of Item: School exercise book with blue marbled front cover and arithmetic tables on the back cover, labelled on the front cover 'Lens Packets. Grinding or stock'. It contains about 280 spectacle lens packets, a few from Australian manufacturers but most from USA and England and some from Canada, France, Japan and Germany. Most date from 1930 but some are earlier being packets for flat lenses and cement wafers. The inside front cover features a slightly burnt Portex lens packet with a handwritten note stating it was 'THE ONLY REMAINS FROM THE GREAT W WOOD'S FIRE 1929 ? 30,000 damage'
Historical Significance: This scrap book may have been assembled by Ernest MacFarlane. He had a long-established optometry practice at 13 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, Victoria that he had purchased about 1905 from a Mr Pugh. He was joined in his practice by his son, Ken MacFarlane. See Cat Nos 109, 114, 1473 and 1718 for more items relating to the MacFarlane's. W Woods was a Melbourne optical lens grinding laboratory and optical wholesaler in the 20thC.
How Acquired: Donated by Ken MacFarlane
Condition: Fair
Location: Archive office. Pamphlet and ephemera filing cabinet. Drawer 5

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