The American Optician

Spring 2017

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1 0 T he more one knows about the organization to which one belongs, the motive that brought it into being, the traditions associated with its objectives, the ideals it champions and the reason for its existence, the deeper will be the satisfaction one gets from membership. Among men devoted to their chosen crafts, there has always been a goodly percentage so steadfast in their loyalty to responsibility that they have endeavored constantly to increase their knowledge of those crafts and their proficiency in the use of the techniques involved. Such was the caliber of many artisans in England as far back as the seventh century who were among the first to organize guilds, both for their own protection and self-improvement in their various crafts. For the protection of the public, some of these guilds established standards of quality and workmanship, adopting symbols by which products of standard quality could be recognized by buyers. Considering the sincere devotion to high ideals which inspired the formation of craftsmen's guilds, it is indeed gratifying that, even in these days of flourishing commercialism and mass production, the public still benefits by our heritage of "quality-mindedness." It is also pleasing that, of all the numerous crafts, none enjoys a more precious heritage than that of the dispensing optician. It has been the constant aim of the Guild of Prescription Opticians, since its inception in Philadelphia in 1921, to maintain those high standards and to foster ideals that encourage ethical practices worthy of serious responsibility which we bear with our unique relationship with the patient. Written By Jack Haines in 1948 G U I L D C O R N E R The Early Guild Of Prescription Opticians

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