History - 1700-1799

1784
US philosopher and statesman Benjamin Franklin writes about his experiments in putting together lenses of different types in the same circle – an early form of bifocals.
1759
On 27 December, the Court decides to open up membership of the Company to those outside optical professions.
1756
Court records for the first time use the word "optician".
1752
James Ayscough, Master, produces spectacle frames with double hinged sidepieces and tinted glass.