Catalogue Number: 48
Fitting glasses: a manual for the use of opticians, jewelers and druggists and others who sell glasses
Sub-Category: Significant book (Aitken collection)
Practice/Business: James W Queen and Co
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1888
Time Period: 19th C
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Philadelphia
Publisher/Manufacturer: James W Queen and Co
Description Of Item: Printed paper wrappers, 225 x 150 mm with 96 pages followed by 16 pages of advertisements for test charts and optical instruments sold by Queen and Co. It cost 75 cents when published. There are 8 Chapters covering lenses, testing sight, presbyopia, hyperopia, myopia, astigmatism, prisms and centering lenses and frames and how to fit them. These chapters are followed by a list of standard "outfits" of equipment and supplies for opticians and druggists.
Historical Significance: James W Queen and Co are described as manufacturing opticians in business in Philadelphia.
How Acquired: Donated by Michael Aitken, honorary archivist
Date Acquired: 1989
Condition: Moderate. Water damage throughout
Location: Archive office. Pamphlet and ephemera filing cabinet. Drawer 1