Martin Wells woman's JOAN spectacle frames

Catalogue Number: 1672
Martin Wells woman's JOAN spectacle frames
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Spectacle frame
Corporation: Martin Wells
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: c 1965
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Australia
Publisher/Manufacturer: Martin Wells
Description Of Item: Six JOAN acetate lady's spectacle frames mounted on original stock card in original envelope. Venetian grey quarter tone colour, all unglazed and unused
Historical Significance: This was a widely used spectacle frame in the 1960s especially for older women. It was much used in the optometry clinic of the Victorian Coillege of Optometry. Martin Wells was an Australian spectacle frame manufacturer founded by business man Sidney Sinclair OBE AM (1915-1999), optometrist Eric Hurst and Dino Zigarelli, a spectacle frame expert. Martin Wells produced a range of spectacle frames in the 1950s that were highly popular in Australia and ushered in a new era of fashion into spectacles in Australia.
How Acquired: Donated by OPSM (Coles and Garrard)
Date Acquired: 2003
Condition: Good. Some beginning to discolour and distort
Location: Archive Office. Spectacles cabinet Drawer 16

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