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American Optical Case Plant, Lensdale, Southbridge, Massachusetts

American Optical Case Plant, Lensdale, Southbridge, Massachusetts

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Title:
American Optical Case Plant, Lensdale, Southbridge, Massachusetts
Description:
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 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.
Creator:
Pease, Aaron, H.
Date:
[ca. 1855–1903]
Format:
Photographs
Location:
Jacob Edwards Library
Collection (local):
Photographic Collection of the Jacob Edwards Library
Subjects:
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
Places:
MassachusettsWorcester (county)Southbridge
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Notes:
Is part of the photographic collection of the Jacob Edwards Library Archives, Southbridge, Massachusetts. http://www.jacobedwardslibrary.org
Image from page 12 of the A.H. Pease album #2
Identifier:
38136000224996
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