National Geographic : 1919 Nov
A New World Fairy Tale T HE story begins in a little Old World village with an apprentice lad listening to tales told by his elders, in the long evenings after work. As they talked, he learned of a world outside his village, and there came a sudden, half-fearful resolu tion to break the fetters of his narrow life, and try his fortune in a land of shining op portunity. And so the lad set forth, in his nineteenth year. Forty-nine days crossing the stormy At lantic in a sailing vessel; berths of rough boards; food cooked by the passengers themselves-thus in 1849 John J. Bausch came to America theland ofhis dreams. Followed disillusion ment, almost com plete. An epidemic ofcholera in Buffalo; no work to be had; a bare existence as cook's helper and porter in a hotel; then a wood-turner Mr. J. ;. Bausch in Rochester, at a at Z years ofaye dollar a day. And then a venture in his chosen field, the optical business-and utter, disastrous failure and a return to wood turning; and even an accident which threatened his livelihood. And the vision grew dim at times-but still it lived; and again an optical business was attempted, this time in his own house. Henry Lomb joined him, and every hour was busy-yet when Henry Lomb enlisted for the Civil War, their debts just equalled their resources. And this was the net of eight years' work. 1 1' 1' But then, slowly, almost imperceptibly, the tide turned. Under the spur of their constant striving for broader knowledge and higher standards, the partners and their sons built up a unique and lasting tradition of science and craftsmanship. Mr. Bausch designed and built the first power lens-grinding machine in America; and gradually other machines and pro cesses were developed, scientific stud ies undertaken, and new products added to the already well known eyeglass and spectacle lenses. It took many more years of patient, con structive effort, but success came at last. Exceeding all dreams of the pioneer, the Mr. Henry Lomb great Bausch & Lomb at 26 years of age factory stands as visible evidence of this success. The best measure is found in the real re spect accorded Bausch & Lomb products, wherever science carries on its researches, and wherever imperfect or suffering eyes need aid. The vision of the founders still lives to guide us into pathways of ever broader usefulness. BAUSCH & LOMB OPTICAL COMPANY . ROCHESTER, N. Y. Makers of Eyeglass and Spectacle Lenses, PhotographicLenses, Microscopes, Balopticons, Binoculars and Engineering and other Optical Instruments New York Chicago San Francisco Washington London "Mention The Geographic-It identifies you"