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Vintage Eye Chart. Snellen Eye Chart. Sized at 24"w x 36"h. Antique Eye Chart

Vintage Eye Chart. Snellen Eye Chart. Sized at 24"w x 36"h. Antique Eye Chart

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Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: Reclaimed wood when possible, Antique style hardware, Vintage and Unique images, Cotton Canvas, Archival Canon Inks, Professional Wide Format Canon Printers
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Description

Vintage Eye Chart. Snellen Eye Chart . 24"w x 36"h, Vintage Eye Chart
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Available as:
24x36 prints and on wooden hanging bars

36x60 Large rolled canvas or on wooden hanging bars



HISTORY:
Buying eyeglasses in the 1700s was tricky: you had to diagnose the problem yourself and then pick the correct lenses. Some vendors helped customers along by scratching ages onto their spectacles, so that a 40-year-old would be steered to “40” lenses­ — the assumption being that everyone’s vision deteriorated at a similar rate as they grew older.
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But these shortcuts no longer sufficed in the mid-19th century, as doctors began to understand that patients needed bespoke lenses. At a hospital in the Netherlands, Dr. Franciscus Donders devised a method for diagnosing vision problems: he would ask people to gaze at a chart on a distant wall and report what they could see. Apparently too busy to make the chart himself, he enlisted the help of a colleague, Herman Snellen.

Snellen first printed up a chart with dingbats — squares, circles, plus signs — of various sizes, but that proved to be a bad idea. “When you look at a symbol, how do you describe it?” says August Colenbrander, a scientist at the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute who has researched the history of the eye chart. (It was probably easy to cheat, too.) In the end, Snellen realized that letters would work best.

The chart spread all across Europe, an instant hit. “The first big order was from the British Army, in 1863 or so,” Colenbrander says. “Obviously the soldiers who fired their muskets had to be able to see.” Soon after that, printers everywhere copied it. A low-tech solution to a complex problem, the chart has remained popular because it was cheap and easy to use.



MAP TYPES:

WOODEN HANGING MAP-this map is mounted on two vintage wooden bars stained with our own custom colors. This allows some of the wood grain on the hanging bars to show through. Each hanging map includes a cast iron hanger, brass title plate and cotton cording. It arrives to you ready to display on your wall.

PULL DOWN MAP ON WOODEN ROLLER- this map is mounted on an industrial strength spring roller (more sturdy than the wooden rollers of the 1920s). Period hardware and screws are used. We also will include the 8" iron hooks and all the iron rings to hang your map. Each map will come with pull down handles mounted to the bottom of the map, brass title plate and screws for mounting your map.



-Our prints are printed on Professional Canon Wideformat Printers... They are NOT printed on a home printer. The end result is the highest quality prints.

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-If your print arrives damaged, we will replace it no charge. If you are not satisfied with your print, you can get a full refund (minus the shipping charges to send it back to us) within 7 days. Our goal is to give you a quality product that you are proud to display in your home or office.


**** We Do Custom Maps....Just email us with your Specific Needs. ****


Please note that actual colors may vary slightly due to monitor settings. The quality of our prints are Archival Quality Images.
Vintage Eye Chart. Snellen Eye Chart . 24"w x 36"h, Vintage Eye Chart
----------------------------------------------


Available as:
24x36 prints and on wooden hanging bars

36x60 Large rolled canvas or on wooden hanging bars



HISTORY:
Buying eyeglasses in the 1700s was tricky: you had to diagnose the problem yourself and then pick the correct lenses. Some vendors helped customers along by scratching ages onto their spectacles, so that a 40-year-old would be steered to “40” lenses­ — the assumption being that everyone’s vision deteriorated at a similar rate as they grew older.
Enlarge This Image

But these shortcuts no longer sufficed in the mid-19th century, as doctors began to understand that patients needed bespoke lenses. At a hospital in the Netherlands, Dr. Franciscus Donders devised a method for diagnosing vision problems: he would ask people to gaze at a chart on a distant wall and report what they could see. Apparently too busy to make the chart himself, he enlisted the help of a colleague, Herman Snellen.

Snellen first printed up a chart with dingbats — squares, circles, plus signs — of various sizes, but that proved to be a bad idea. “When you look at a symbol, how do you describe it?” says August Colenbrander, a scientist at the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute who has researched the history of the eye chart. (It was probably easy to cheat, too.) In the end, Snellen realized that letters would work best.

The chart spread all across Europe, an instant hit. “The first big order was from the British Army, in 1863 or so,” Colenbrander says. “Obviously the soldiers who fired their muskets had to be able to see.” Soon after that, printers everywhere copied it. A low-tech solution to a complex problem, the chart has remained popular because it was cheap and easy to use.



MAP TYPES:

WOODEN HANGING MAP-this map is mounted on two vintage wooden bars stained with our own custom colors. This allows some of the wood grain on the hanging bars to show through. Each hanging map includes a cast iron hanger, brass title plate and cotton cording. It arrives to you ready to display on your wall.

PULL DOWN MAP ON WOODEN ROLLER- this map is mounted on an industrial strength spring roller (more sturdy than the wooden rollers of the 1920s). Period hardware and screws are used. We also will include the 8" iron hooks and all the iron rings to hang your map. Each map will come with pull down handles mounted to the bottom of the map, brass title plate and screws for mounting your map.



-Our prints are printed on Professional Canon Wideformat Printers... They are NOT printed on a home printer. The end result is the highest quality prints.

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-If your print arrives damaged, we will replace it no charge. If you are not satisfied with your print, you can get a full refund (minus the shipping charges to send it back to us) within 7 days. Our goal is to give you a quality product that you are proud to display in your home or office.


**** We Do Custom Maps....Just email us with your Specific Needs. ****


Please note that actual colors may vary slightly due to monitor settings. The quality of our prints are Archival Quality Images.

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If you need a custom print, a larger size, or one printed on canvas, just email us for pricing and details.

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Returns & exchanges

I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 14 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
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Returns and exchange details
WaterColorMaps is proud to offer interesting and high-quality prints. Depending on your monitor, the colors displayed on your screen may appear slightly different from the print you receive.


1. Please contact us right away if you have any questions or issues with your purchase.


2. If for any reason you are not 100% satisfied with your print(s), please contact us prior to leaving feedback and we will do our best to make it right. Refunds are available within 7 days of receipt of your package minus the cost of shipping. All items must be in new condition. Items that are bent, creased, marred or damaged will not be eligible for a full refund.


3. Custom orders are not refundable.


4. Pull down maps and TV covers will be assessed a 15% restocking fee. This fee covers the shipping overage that we pay on these items, packing time and the inability for the item to be resold. Please insure these returns have at least $150 of insurance to cover any shipping damages....or you will have to be responsible for the damage.


5. If the error is on our end, you will get a complete refund or replacement; whichever you choose. We work very hard to make great quality products and each is made one at at a time just for you, so please be patient as we work through any issues.

Chris and Mary Ann

Shipping policies

*****IMPORTANT*****
-We charge a flat rate for most international shipping orders and on the average we lose a dollar or two on the shipping, but we try to keep our products affordable for customers around the world. Some LARGER POSTERS AND VERY DISTANT LOCATIONS will require us to contact you with additional shipping charges. If this is the case we will email you with a new shipping fee(the difference that you have already paid).

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-We know how excited you are to receive your new purchase, so orders are placed within 7 days for most rolled maps. WE print all of our maps here in the map shop and offer the highest quality prints....at a fantastic price. On average, your print will arrive in 7-10 days. Pull down maps and TV covers take 1-2 weeks to create.

All custom orders will require extra processing time, and we'll communicate those details when we confirm your order.
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-Purchases made within the US will ship via USPS Priority Mail orFedEx. Orders will be shipped to the address listed with PayPal unless you designate otherwise. We are not resposible if your item is delivered and stolen from your address.


-International orders may receive a US Customs Number. Please note that once an order leaves the US it can no longer be tracked. International orders can take anywhere from 2-6 weeks to arrive, and possibly longer, depending on your location and if they get held up in Customs.

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Your order is sent out with the utmost care in a poster tube. If your order is lost or bent/damaged by the Post Office, please contact us so we can follow up with the printing company to get a replacement–at no charge to you–as soon as possible. You have 7 days for a full refund (minus the shipping charges you incur to mail it back to us).

Please inform us at the time of checkout if you have any special requests.
*****IMPORTANT*****
-We charge a flat rate for most international shipping orders and on the average we lose a dollar or two on the shipping, but we try to keep our products affordable for customers around the world. Some LARGER POSTERS AND VERY DISTANT LOCATIONS will require us to contact you with additional shipping charges. If this is the case we will email you with a new shipping fee(the difference that you have already paid).

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-We know how excited you are to receive your new purchase, so orders are placed within 7 days for most rolled maps. WE print all of our maps here in the map shop and offer the highest quality prints....at a fantastic price. On average, your print will arrive in 7-10 days. Pull down maps and TV covers take 1-2 weeks to create.

All custom orders will require extra processing time, and we'll communicate those details when we confirm your order.
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-Purchases made within the US will ship via USPS Priority Mail orFedEx. Orders will be shipped to the address listed with PayPal unless you designate otherwise. We are not resposible if your item is delivered and stolen from your address.


-International orders may receive a US Customs Number. Please note that once an order leaves the US it can no longer be tracked. International orders can take anywhere from 2-6 weeks to arrive, and possibly longer, depending on your location and if they get held up in Customs.

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Your order is sent out with the utmost care in a poster tube. If your order is lost or bent/damaged by the Post Office, please contact us so we can follow up with the printing company to get a replacement–at no charge to you–as soon as possible. You have 7 days for a full refund (minus the shipping charges you incur to mail it back to us).

Please inform us at the time of checkout if you have any special requests.

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