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Southbridge, Massachusetts
"The Eye of the Commonwealth"
and birthplace of American Optical.
 


Claire Birtz Town seal  which hangs in the Southbridge Town Hall Council Chambers

New Dec 3, 2009 - The Town Seal Artwork from a 1949 Document
 

I recently was asked if Southbridge is still the Eye of the Commonwealth now that AO is no longer a dominant manufacturer in Town.
Remants of AO still are manufacuring/distributing (Schott Fiber Optics/ Aearo / AO Sunwear);
to my knowledge there is no other community that comes close to being the center of Optics, and as such we are still the Eye of the Commonwealth.


Download 1956 by-laws excerpt
 


 
 


AO Zyl Frame drawn by Claire Birtz
 

See and read about Clair Birtz drawings now on permanent display at Jacob Edwards Library


Rev Dec 3, 2009

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