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Bausch & Lomb Optical Co.
 
Bausch & Lomb was founded in 1853 by the German immigrants John Jacob Bausch and Henry C. Lomb in Rochester, New York. Bausch was a trained optician and found in Lomb the financier and partner he needed for his small workshop producing monocles. He promised Lomb that if the business ever grew to where it could support a partner, Lomb would come into the company.
During the American Civil War, the Union blockade caused the price of European horn to rise dramatically and this resulted in a growing demand for the Bausch & Lomb spectacles made from Vulcanite rubber.
In 1876, the company began manufacturing microscopes. Later they also produced photographic lenses, spectacle lenses, binoculars and telescopes. From 1892 the company produced optical lenses in cooperation with Zeiss. At the end of the 19th century the product range included projectors, camera lenses and camera diaphragms. Besides lanterns for home use the company manufactured scientific lanterns and biunials of high optical quality, many under the name 'Balopticon'.
In 1902, William, the son of the founder, developed a process to create the desired lens shape directly by casting molten glass and this brought significant savings in time and materials. Bausch & Lomb soon became the first American producer of optical-quality glass.
In 1971, Bausch & Lomb introduced the first soft contact lenses and is still the largest global provider of eye care products. Today, about 13,000 employees in 36 countries work for the firm.
 
Bausch & Lomb Balopticon Model B  Magic Lantern. Lens is 12 focal length.
 
Bausch & Lomb Optical Co.

Rochester N.Y.

Model C Balopticon.
 

Model BC "Balopticon".



From the 1927 Bausch & Lomb catalogue.


The regular slide carrier.
 
Bausch & Lomb Balopticon.

Though this magic lantern is also called Balopticon Model C on the plate at the door this one probably pre-dates the 1911 Model C.



The entire lantern measures 20" L x 14.5" H x 11" W.
 
Bausch & Lomb Optical Co.

Rochester N.Y.

Type 41-21-20 Balopticon equipped with a Bausch & Lomb 12 projection lens.
 


 


Bausch & Lomb Optical Co.


Home "Balopticon".


All Home Balopticon magic lanterns have a small piece of paper inside the hinging door with a warning about cleaning the inside mirror.
A slightly different version of the Home Balopticon. According to the patent dates this is the successor of the lantern above.  Measures approx 23 1/2" long x 7 1/2" wide x 16 1/2" tall (60 x 19 x 42 cm).


The Bausch & Lomb 1913 catalogue contains fourteen sections:
1. Terms
2. Optical Projection: Introductory - General Description - Projection Tables
3. Model B Balopticon
4. Model C Balopticon (incl Lecturer's Special Model C)
5. Model D Balopticon (incl Special Model D with Large Condensing Lenses)
6. Double Dissolving Balopticons (incl Models C & D, Dissolving; and Model C, Dissolving, with Moving Picture Attachment)
7. Home Balopticon
 
8. Opaque Balopticon
9. Combined Balopticon
10. Universal Balopticon
11. Convertible Balopticon
12. Balopticon Accessories (incl Projection & Condensing Lenses, Illuminants [lamps & accessories], Attachments for Opaque Objects, Projection Microscopes, Vertical Attachments, Screens, Balopticon Tables)
13. Notice - Other Products
14. Branch Offices (Bausch & Lomb)

 
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