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An optometer is used for determining the refractive index of eyes. This example was apparently designed for buying glasses without the help of an optician or ophthalmologist. An inscription reads “C. G. Optical Co. Self-Test Optometer.”
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Object Name
Optometer, Self Test
optometer, self test
date made
ca 1952
C.G. Optical Co.
place made
United States: Illinois, Chicago
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
wood (overall material)
glass (overall material)
overall: 33.5 cm x 21 cm x 15.1 cm; 13 3/16 in x 8 9/32 in x 5 15/16 in
overall, cardboard spectacles: 14 in x 2 5/8 in; 35.56 cm x 6.6675 cm
as stored, optometer: 7/8 in x 15 1/4 in x 6 in; 2.2225 cm x 38.735 cm x 15.24 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Food and Drug Administration
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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