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Object ID 002771

Object Name Albert Aloe Reading Unit

Object Desc CMY2535a: Albert Aloe reading unit, a cylinder of tan Bakelite with two lenses and a metal clip. Stamped with "Albert Aloe, St. Louis" and "Japan" in gold. CMY2535b-c: cardboard box base and lid with hold the reading unit. Box lid is blue in color.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY002535a-c

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Medical


Source Category Donation

Accession Date OCT 16,2014

Credit/Acknowledgement Tim Kroening

Location Cabinet 1, Shelf 4

Object Date

Start Year Range 1920

End Year Range 1950

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords optometry,eyesight,glasses,vision,maginification,Bakelite,

Title Albert Aloe Reading Unit

Description A cylindrical tan Bakelite unit with silver metal clip. This was clipped over an indiividual's eyeglass lens to allow for magnified viewing. The side of the unit is stamped in gold with the following: "Albert Aloe," "St. Louis," and "Japan." The reading unit is stored in a two-part cardboard box. The lower portion is white in color with a large piece of brown tape securing it. The box lid is blue in color. There are no markings on the box, but based on research it is believed to be the original box for the reading unit.


Approx Collection Date

Height 1.75

Length 0

Width 0

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 5

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Albert Aloe & Company

Maker Details Scottish immigrant Albert S. Aloe founded an optical goods manufacturing business in St. Louis in 1862.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY2535a-c



Date OCT 16,2014

Summary Very Good

Assessor Molly Hannan

Notes The reading unit is in very good condition. There is some dust and scratching on the lenses. There is also visible glue around the metal attachment. The box has some minor edge wear and markings, but is in overall very good condition.