National Health Service spectacles with mock tortoiseshell frames, 1970-1980.

Hills, Jennie

National Health Service spectacles with mock tortoiseshell frames, 1970-1980.
3 1 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 23cm

Description

A pair of NHS (National Health Service) spectacles with imitation tortoiseshell frames made from brown plastic. When the National Health Service was established in 1948, eye tests and spectacle frames and lenses were all provided free of charge. Unfortunately, demand greatly exceeded supply, and it became necessary to produce a large stock of a limited range of frames to meet this demand which had created waiting lists of up to two years for glasses.

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