Catalogue Number: 1721
Glass spectacle lens blanks
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Spectacle lenses
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: c 1940
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Description Of Item: Glass spectacle lens blanks being two squares of 7 mm thick plate glass 50 x 50 mm said to be used for emergency lens blanks in World War 2.
Historical Significance: The father of the donor, Ernest MacFarlane, had a long-established optometry practice at 13 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, Victoria. He had purchased the practice in about 1905 from a Mr Pugh. He was later joined in his practice by his son, Ken, who was the donor.
How Acquired: Donated by K MacFarlane, Melbourne optometrist
Date Acquired: c 1980
Location: Archive office. East wall shelves unit 3. Drawer 3