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American Optical Case Plant, Lensdale, Southbridge, Massachusetts
TitleAmerican Optical Case Plant, Lensdale, Southbridge, Massachusetts
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SubjectAmerican 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
DescriptionA 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 world-renowned optical company was first started by William Beecher in a building that stood at the corner of Central and Main streets. Mr. Beecher was a jeweler by trade and started making eyeglasses frames as part of his business. The company experienced some changes until in 1869, when it became the American Optical Company. Robert H. Cole was President, the Superintendent was H. C. Cady and the Treasurer was George Washington Wells. The American Optical moved to a premises on Chestnut Street for some time before finally locating on the banks of the Quinebaug River on Mechanic Street.
CreatorPease, Aaron H.
SourceImage from page 12 of the A.H. Pease album #2
RelationIs part of the photographic collection of the Jacob Edwards Library Archives, Southbridge, Massachusetts.
Coverage42 degrees 04' N 72 degrees 02' W
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