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Posted By: Walt Mathers on: 11/03/2011 08:03:12 EDT
Subject: Optics Company Anniversary

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Today is an anniversary. On November 3rd. 1853, Johann Jakob Bausch, a native German, opened an optical shop in Rochester, New York.

Later he would join with Heinrich Lomb, another German immigrant and develop Bausch and Lomb into one of today's leading optical companies in the United States.

The Mystic Seaport Museum has n numerous records of ausch and Lomb supplying maritime firms with spy glasses. And we know that some army signalmen preferred naval-styled scopes while on coastal duty, but I don't know if anyone have yet uncovered records showing whether Bausch and Lomb ever supplied the United States Army Signal Corps with some of their optics during the War.

For a short while early in the conflict, another NY firm did - Beckel Brothers. Isn't Beckel a German surname too?

Anyhow, Beckel failed to deliver an allotment of telescopes and/or binoculars within a specified time and the contract went to James Queen of Philadelphia.

Albert Myer was exacting in many ways.


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