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1. American Optical Company in 1921 campus map: dates indicate the year of erection or remodeling the several American Optical Company in 1921 campus map: dates indicate the year of erection or remodeling the several buildings into their present construction American Optical Company--Southbridge (Mass.)--Maps; American Optical Company; American Optical Corporation; Southbridge (Mass.)--Maps A map of the American Optical Company campus, dated Nov. 23, 1921. The (as yet incomplete) section of the Main Plant on Mechanic Street, Southbridge, Massachusetts is shown, the terraced section was completed...

2. American Optical Company main entrance, Mechanic Street, Southbridge American Optical Company main entrance, Mechanic Street, Southbridge American Optical Company; American Optical Corporation--Southbridge (Mass.)--History; Optical industry--Massachusetts--Southbridge; Historic buildings--New England The formal entrance to the American Optical Company headquarters, in Southbridge, Massachusetts. A detailed view of the craftsmanship used to construct a magnificent keystone fanlight and supporting columnar...

3. American Optical Company Southbridge spectacles view American Optical Company Southbridge spectacles view American Optical Company; American Optical Corporation; Southbridge (Mass.)--History; Optical industry--Massachusetts--Southbridge; Historic buildings--New England; Historic buildings--Massachusetts--Southbridge Artist's view in the shape of a pair of spectacles or lenses. The left shows the full Main Plant with the Clock Tower in the middle of a terraced brick façade, in the front. There are four crenels interspersing...

4. American Optical Company women at the main entrance, Main Plant, Southbridge American Optical Company women at the main entrance, Main Plant, Southbridge American Optical Company; American Optical Corporation; Southbridge (Mass.)--History; Optical industry--Massachusetts--Southbridge; Women--History; Women--Employees; Historic Buildings--New England; Historic buildings--Massachusetts--Southbridge A group of twenty three women, in winter attire, posing in front of the formal entrance to the American Optical Company, on Mechanic Street, Southbridge - the company headquarters. Women are wearing elegant...

5. American Optical Company Lensdale Plant, Southbridge, Massachusetts American Optical Company Lensdale Plant, Southbridge, Massachusetts American Optical Company; American Optical Company--Southbridge (Mass. American Optical Corporation; Southbridge (Mass.)--History; Optical industry--Massachusetts--Southbridge; Historic buildings--New England; Historic buildings--Massachusetts--Southbridge; Architecture--United States--19th century; Southbridge (Mass.)--Pictorial works Partial view of the American Optical plant is shown, where lenses are manufactured for the eye glass industry. Known as the Lensdale plant, it is located off East Main Street. Some large manufacturing...

6. American Optical Company looking south with Southbridge in the distance American Optical Company looking south with Southbridge in the distance American Optical Company; American Optical Corporation; Southbridge (Mass.)--History; Optical industry--Massachusetts--Southbridge; Historic buildings--New England Looking south, at the American Optical campus from the rear, surrounded by the town of Southbridge. The Quinebaug River, with a foot bridge, crosses through the campus adjacent to the buildings. A mound...

7. American Optical Company campus and the construction of the cement building (#50) American Optical Company campus and the construction of the cement building (#50) American Optical Company; American Optical Corporation; Southbridge (Mass.)--History; Optical industry--Massachusetts--Southbridge; Historic buildings--New England Aerial view of the American Optical campus and the town of Southbridge in the background giving a context to the size of the plant. The view is dominated by the construction process that is underway on...

8. Moulding Room Workers American Optical Southbridge Moulding Room Workers American Optical Southbridge American Optical Company; American Optical Company--Southbridge (Mass. American Optical Corporation; Southbridge (Mass.)--History; Optical industry--Massachusetts--Southbridge; Historic buildings--Massachusetts--Southbridge; Historic buildings--New England; Southbridge (Mass.)--Pictorial works Thirty one workers depicted standing in front of the Moulding Room at American Optical Corporation, Southbridge, Massachusetts. Many of the men wear hats and some wear ties and jackets. Shows a vine clad...

9. American Optical Company Firemen in front of the main entrance on Mechanic Street, Southbridge American Optical Company Firemen in front of the main entrance on Mechanic Street, Southbridge American Optical Company; American Optical Corporation; Southbridge (Mass.)--History; Optical industry--Massachusetts--Southbridge; Firefighters--Massachusetts--Southbridge--American Optical Company; Historic buildings--New England The American Optical Company Fire Fighters in dress uniform posing in front of a wide-angle view of the formal entrance in the Main Plant of the company headquarters in Southbridge, Massachusetts. A close...

10. American Optical Company rear view of the Main Plant with adjacent wooden structure American Optical Company rear view of the Main Plant with adjacent wooden structure American Optical Company; American Optical Corporation; Southbridge (Mass.)--History; Optical industry--Massachusetts--Southbridge; Historic buildings--New England; Historic buildings--Massachusetts--Southbridge Rear view, (facing south) of the Main Plant and Clock Tower. Terraced brick facade is not yet complete as there is a wooden structure at the left, perpendicular to the Main Plant. Large brick chimney stack...

11. American Optical Company clock tower and edifices on the right American Optical Company clock tower and edifices on the right American Optical Company; American Optical Corporation; Southbridge (Mass.)--History; Optical industry--Massachusetts--Southbridge; Historic buildings--New England With the Common in the foreground, a close view of the buildings from the Clock Tower to the right side is shown. This comprises part of the Main Plant, as it was known. Brick is the main building material...

12. American Optical Company wooden structure American Optical Company wooden structure American Optical Company; American Optical Corporation; Southbridge (Mass.)--History; Optical industry--Massachusetts--Southbridge; Historic buildings--New England; Historic buildings--Massachusetts--Southbridge; Architecture--United States--19th century East view of the wooden structure on Mechanic Street, enclosed by a wooden picket fence. The mansard roof with dormer windows and cupola are in evidence. There is a brick chimney stack in the rear. The...

13. Lensdale Pond, American Optical Company , Southbridge, Massachusetts Lensdale Pond, American Optical Company , Southbridge, Massachusetts American Optical Company; American Optical Company--Southbridge (Mass. American Optical Corporation; Southbridge (Mass.)--History; Optical industry--Massachusetts--Southbridge; Historic buildings--New England; Historic buildings--Massachusetts--Southbridge; Architecture--United States--19th century; Southbridge (Mass.)--Pictorial works; Quinebaug River (Mass. and Conn.) Lensdale pond, Southbridge showing the surrounding vegetation and stone wall. The Quinebaug River flows by, connecting Massachusetts with Connecticut. The American Optical Corporation had a plant in Putnam,...

14. American Optical Company: alley detail (south view) American Optical Company: alley detail (south view) American Optical Company; American Optical Corporation; Southbridge (Mass.)--History; Optical industry--Massachusetts--Southbridge; Historic buildings--New England; Historic buildings--Massachusetts--Southbridge Elongated southerly view of the rows of buildings perpendicular to the Main Plant. These buildings were razed in 2000 - except for the façade of the Main Plant - to facilitate the construction of the...

15. American Optical Company edifices: melding of old and new American Optical Company edifices: melding of old and new American Optical Company; American Optical Corporation; Southbridge (Mass.)--History; Optical industry--Massachusetts--Southbridge; Historic buildings--New England; Architecture--United States--19th century The view shows the integration of the earliest building of the American Optical Company on Mechanic Street with the start of the brick structures (on the left) that would eventually form the Main Plant....

16. American Optical Case Plant, Lensdale, Southbridge, Massachusetts American Optical Case Plant, Lensdale, Southbridge, Massachusetts American Optical Company; American Optical Corporation; Southbridge (Mass.)--History; Optical industry--Massachusetts--Southbridge; Historic buildings--New England; Southbridge (Mass.)--Buildings; Southbridge; Architecture--United States--19th century A winter view of the industrial brick buildings of the American Optical Company's Case Plant, is presented. The trees lining the roadway between the railroad track and the plant are without leaves. The...

17. American Optical Company: first AO lens factory 1883 American Optical Company: first AO lens factory 1883 American Optical Company; American Optical Corporation; Southbridge (Mass.)--History; Optical industry--Massachusetts--Southbridge; Historic buildings--New England; Historic buildings--Massachusetts--Southbridge Artist's drawing of the new four story Lens Building, including a mansard roof and a stoop. Promotional material generated by the AO Company using the 1883 lens building as the focus. Noted on the back...

18. Oakes Homestead South Street Southbridge Oakes Homestead South Street Southbridge Architecture, domestic--Massachusetts--Southbridge; Historic buildings--Massachusetts--Southbridge; Historic buildings--New England; Southbridge (Mass.)--buildings Pictured in the summer of 1897, this one story domestic dwelling was the birthplace of James J. (J.J.) Oakes, postmaster and dry goods store owner. The South Street property has clapboard siding with a...

19. First golf club in Southbridge on Fort Sumpter street First golf club in Southbridge on Fort Sumpter street Architecture--United States--19th century; Golf--History--Southbridge--Massachusetts; Bicycle and bicycling; Southbridge--Pictorial works; Social life and customs--Southbridge--Massachusetts; Historic buildings--Southbridge--Massachusetts; Historic building Group gathered outside the Fort Sumpter street building where the first golf club in Southbridge was located, on the Lawson land. There is a man standing beside his bicycle, two others leaning against...

20. The Armory at the corner of Hook and Central streets Southbridge Massachusetts The Armory at the corner of Hook and Central streets Southbridge Massachusetts Armories--Massachusetts--Southbridge; Historic buildings--Massachusetts--Southbridge; Historic buildings--New England; Architecture--United States--19th century; Southbridge (Mass.)--Pictorial works The Armory in Southbridge at the corner of Central and Hook streets is on view. The building is constructed of brick. A grand keystone arch with two towers and crenellations are the dominant features of...
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