Catalogue Number: 1871
Lens catalogue SOLA Optical
Sub-Category: Ophthalmic product catalogue
Corporation: SOLA Optical
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1981
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Adelaide
Publisher/Manufacturer: SOLA Optical
Description Of Item: Spirex bound booklet, grey card cover, 3 pages of introduction with following pages giving power range and dimensions of lenses made by SOLA, divided by tabs into sections, low visual acuity aids (high plus bifocals), single vision, bifocal, multifocal and finished lenses. Library sticker on front cover, stamped 'Victorian College of Optometry 16 Sept 1981' on first page.
Historical Significance: SOLA (Scientific Optical Laboratories Australia) was founded in 1960. Its foundation was driven by the technical genius of Donald Schultz (See Watkins RD Profile of Donald Herbert Schultz Clin Exp Optom 2004; 87: 187-190) who had for some time been interested in the use of CR39 for the manufacture of ophthalmic lenses. SOLA became a highly succesful international company for the production of CR39 lenses. CR-39, or allyl diglycol carbonate (ADC) was first used for spectacle lenses by Armorlite Lens Company in California in 1947.
How Acquired: Ex Nathan Library
Location: Archive office. Pamphlet and ephemera filing cabinet. Drawer 5