B.306-1996 Child’s spectacle frames; British, 1960-69
Pair of child’s National Health spectacle frames, of translucent pale pink cellulose acetate. The frames are rounded, with a straighter and slightly winged top, and have a high joint with a plain bridge and clear acetate pads; the hinged ‘curl’ sides are reinforced with a metal core, and terminate in curved metal earpieces.
The donor in his letter states that children’s spectacles of this type ‘were produced on the most simple of machinery…they were made by many British manufacturers to the ministries (sic) general specification [and] each licensed manufacturer would mark the frame with his four letter code….’
Acquired by the donor during his career as a dispensing optician with R W H Clements, London.
The NHS scheme whereby children were given free spectacles lasted from 1946 to 1988, when it was phased out in favour of vouchers.
Image reference: 2012FP9907
Image credit: ©Victoria and Albert Museum, London