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Date: May 15, 2004
Contact: Anne Strong
Telephone: (301) 279-9697

History Associates Incorporated Writes Anniversary History of Bausch & Lomb

History Associates has completed an illustrated history of optics and eye health pioneer Bausch & Lomb in time for the celebration of the company’s 150th anniversary later this year. The book, written by historian Lee Sullivan, is entitled Bausch & Lomb: Perfecting Vision, Enhancing Life for 150 Years. It begins with the story of German immigrant J. J. Bausch and his attempt to establish a fledgling optical enterprise in Rochester, New York. Eventually Bausch turned to friend Henry Lomb for a loan of sixty dollars to keep the business going. With a handshake to seal the deal, the two men became partners and built the company into what has become one of the best known healthcare brands in the world. In a book that blends narrative and high quality images, Sullivan tells the story of the company’s growth, struggles, accomplishments, and innovations from affordable, mass-produced microscopes and the first large-scale American optical glass plant, through the CinemaScope motion picture lens and the introduction of gas-permeable contact lenses, to the development of pharmaceuticals and surgical instruments for improving eye health.

About History Associates
For more than thirty years the historians and archivists at History Associates have demonstrated that history is valuable in the market as well as the marketplace of ideas. They provide professional corporate histories, exhibit content, interpretive planning, historical research, archival services, and collections management services to clients throughout the United States and around the world. History Associates strives to be The Best Company in History®, serving corporate, government, legal, and nonprofit clients from its headquarters in Rockville, Maryland. For more information, call (301) 279-9697 or visit

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