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Background imageLenses Collection: Tatler cover - Winter Sports & Spring Cruise Number 1959

Tatler cover - Winter Sports & Spring Cruise Number 1959
Front cover of The Tatler magazines Winter Sports and Spring Cruise Number for 1959 featuring a girl in snow-appropriate clothes wearing mirrored sunglasses in which are reflected a Cunard cruise

Background imageLenses Collection: Camera lenses

Camera lenses. Seen here (from left to right) are: a wide-angle fixed lens, a standard zoom lens (left), a wide-angle zoom lens (right) and a telephoto lens

Background imageLenses Collection: Compound eye of a fly, SEM Z340 / 0698

Compound eye of a fly, SEM Z340 / 0698
Compound eye. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the surface of a compound eye from a fruit fly (Drosophila busckii). The eye consists of many rounded lenses known as ommatidia

Background imageLenses Collection: Hurray for the Robinson Ray! by W. Heath Robinson

Hurray for the Robinson Ray! by W. Heath Robinson
We are privileged to publish the first illustration of a Death Ray at its dirty work. the top secret experiment was entirely successful, and as our picture shows

Background imageLenses Collection: Safety glasses

Safety glasses. Safety glasses are usually made with shatter-resistant plastic lenses to protect the eye from flying debris. The sort seen here are often used in science laboratories

Background imageLenses Collection: An operation screened live in a medical lecture

An operation screened live in a medical lecture
An invention by Mr Herbert A. Silver enabling medical students to watch surgery from the lecture theatre. A circle of electric lamps is suspended over the operating table while the image is projected

Background imageLenses Collection: Lippersheys Lenses

Lippersheys Lenses
The legendary account of the invention of the telescope : Hans Lippersheys apprentices, playing with lenses, happen to hold two of them up together - the rest is history

Background imageLenses Collection: A man in an elaborate costume stands in front of the Basilica Saan Marco in St

A man in an elaborate costume stands in front of the Basilica Saan Marco in St. Marks square during the Venice Carnival, Venice, Veneto, Italy

Background imageLenses Collection: Human intelligent optical interface

Human intelligent optical interface
Krzysiek Kulesza

Background imageLenses Collection: Negative

Negative
hosseinartpics

Background imageLenses Collection: Ubersoldat

Ubersoldat
Dragos Carbuneanu

Background imageLenses Collection: JD-19271

JD-19271
DOG - Fawn pug - wearing thick lens glasses Date: 12-09-2007

Background imageLenses Collection: A Fine Kaleidoscope (mahogany, brass and ivory)

A Fine Kaleidoscope (mahogany, brass and ivory)
CH348497 A Fine Kaleidoscope (mahogany, brass and ivory) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: William Leigh, a clockmaker from Lancashire)

Background imageLenses Collection: Eight Pairs of Eyeglasses, c. 1925 (screen print)

Eight Pairs of Eyeglasses, c. 1925 (screen print)
2629962 Eight Pairs of Eyeglasses, c.1925 (screen print) by American School, (20th century); Private Collection; Photo eGraphicaArtis; American, out of copyright

Background imageLenses Collection: Magic Glasses, 1891 (oil on canvas)

Magic Glasses, 1891 (oil on canvas)
2652545 Magic Glasses, 1891 (oil on canvas) by Elmer, Edwin Romanzo (1850-1923); 35.6x25.4 cm; Shelburne Museum, Vermont, USA; eShelburne Museum; Museum Purchase; American, out of copyright

Background imageLenses Collection: Spectacles for All Strengths of Vision (engraving)

Spectacles for All Strengths of Vision (engraving)
STC98441 Spectacles for All Strengths of Vision (engraving) by Meyer, Cornelis Jansz. (1629-1701); Private Collection; The Stapleton Collection; Dutch, out of copyright

Background imageLenses Collection: Georges-Louis Leclerc (1707-88) Count de Buffon experimenting blazing mirrors

Georges-Louis Leclerc (1707-88) Count de Buffon experimenting blazing mirrors
CHT163643 Georges-Louis Leclerc (1707-88) Count de Buffon experimenting blazing mirrors on haystacks at Montbard, from La Vie des Savants Illustres by Louis Figuier

Background imageLenses Collection: The Glasses Maker, Augsburg 1735 (coloured engraving)

The Glasses Maker, Augsburg 1735 (coloured engraving)
CHT200461 The Glasses Maker, Augsburg 1735 (coloured engraving) by Engelbrecht, Martin (1684-1756); Bibliotheque des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France; eArchives Charmet; German, out of copyright

Background imageLenses Collection: View of one of the first cinema projectors, manufactured by August (1862-1954

View of one of the first cinema projectors, manufactured by August (1862-1954
CHT170967 View of one of the first cinema projectors, manufactured by August (1862-1954) and Louis Lumiere (1864-1948) (photo) by French School, (19th century); CNAM

Background imageLenses Collection: Microscope (wood, metal & glass) (see also 1113963)

Microscope (wood, metal & glass) (see also 1113963)
1113962 Microscope (wood, metal & glass) (see also 1113963) by French School; Private Collection; (add.info.: cased by Le Canu a Rouen); Photo eChristies Images; French, out of copyright

Background imageLenses Collection: Dioptric telescope, copy of an engraving by Boris Mestchersky (d

Dioptric telescope, copy of an engraving by Boris Mestchersky (d
STC397230 Dioptric telescope, copy of an engraving by Boris Mestchersky (d.1957), illustration from Histoire de la Nation Francaise, Sciences, Volumes I & II, by Gabriel Hanotaux (1853-1944)

Background imageLenses Collection: John Dollond (engraving)

John Dollond (engraving)
619428 John Dollond (engraving) by English School; Private Collection; (add.info.: John Dollond (1706-61), English optical scientist and inventor.); The Stapleton Collection; English, out of copyright

Background imageLenses Collection: Illustration from La Dioptrique by Rene Descartes (1596-1650)

Illustration from La Dioptrique by Rene Descartes (1596-1650)
CHT163646 Illustration from La Dioptrique by Rene Descartes (1596-1650), following the Discours de la Methode first published in Leiden in 1637 (engraving) (b/w photo) by French School

Background imageLenses Collection: Illustration from the Oeuvres de Descartes published by Victor Cousin

Illustration from the Oeuvres de Descartes published by Victor Cousin
CHT163645 Illustration from the Oeuvres de Descartes published by Victor Cousin, Paris 1824 (engraving) (b/w photo) by French School, (19th century); Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris

Background imageLenses Collection: The Large Astronomical Telescope of Johannes Hevelius (1611-1687) illustration from

The Large Astronomical Telescope of Johannes Hevelius (1611-1687) illustration from
XIR209261 The Large Astronomical Telescope of Johannes Hevelius (1611-1687) illustration from Machina Coelestis by Hevelius, Gdansk, published 1670 (engraving) (later colouration) by Polish School

Background imageLenses Collection: The Spectacles Maker (engraving)

The Spectacles Maker (engraving)
3646637 The Spectacles Maker (engraving) by Amman, Jost (1539-91) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Spectacles Maker)

Background imageLenses Collection: Les Enfants de Lippershey (engraving)

Les Enfants de Lippershey (engraving)
2808386 Les Enfants de Lippershey (engraving) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Les Enfants de Lippershey)

Background imageLenses Collection: The Solar Microscope

The Solar Microscope. Date: 18th century

Background imageLenses Collection: The Gigantic Magnifying Glass, plate from Les Oeuvres completes

The Gigantic Magnifying Glass, plate from Les Oeuvres completes
CHT163502 The Gigantic Magnifying Glass, plate from Les Oeuvres completes by Antoine Laurent de Lavoisier (1743-94), late 18th century (engraving) (b/w photo) by French School

Background imageLenses Collection: The Large Astronomical Telescope of Johannes Hevelius (1611-1687) illustration from

The Large Astronomical Telescope of Johannes Hevelius (1611-1687) illustration from
XIR213010 The Large Astronomical Telescope of Johannes Hevelius (1611-1687) illustration from Machina Coelestis by Hevelius, Gdansk, published 1670 (engraving) (b/w photo) by Polish School

Background imageLenses Collection: Miroir Ardent (engraving)

Miroir Ardent (engraving)
2808385 Miroir Ardent (engraving) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Miroir Ardent. Illustration for Nos Vraies Conquetes by Albert Levy (Hachette)

Background imageLenses Collection: Illustration from La Dioptrique by Rene Descartes (1596-1650)

Illustration from La Dioptrique by Rene Descartes (1596-1650)
CHT163647 Illustration from La Dioptrique by Rene Descartes (1596-1650), following the Discours de la Methode first published in Leiden in 1637 (engraving) (b/w photo) by French School

Background imageLenses Collection: An assorted collection of eyewear and magnifiers (glass, tortoiseshell & metal)

An assorted collection of eyewear and magnifiers (glass, tortoiseshell & metal)
3664722 An assorted collection of eyewear and magnifiers (glass, tortoiseshell & metal) by Unknown Artist, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageLenses Collection: Zacharias Zansz (chromolitho)

Zacharias Zansz (chromolitho)
2802539 Zacharias Zansz (chromolitho) by American School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Zacharias Zansz)

Background imageLenses Collection: Compound box-type microscope, c. 1775 (wood, metal & glass) (see also 1113960-1)

Compound box-type microscope, c. 1775 (wood, metal & glass) (see also 1113960-1)
1113959 Compound box-type microscope, c.1775 (wood, metal & glass) (see also 1113960-1) by Brander, Georg Friedrich (18th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: BOX: 11 1/8 X 8 X 4 1/2 IN)

Background imageLenses Collection: 47506

47506

Background imageLenses Collection: Stay Frosty

Stay Frosty
Robert Work

Background imageLenses Collection: Irresistible

Irresistible
Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a hoverfly, also called flower fly or syrphid fly (family Syrphidae). The compound eyes are composed of numerous light sensing organs (ommatidia)

Background imageLenses Collection: Master Chef

Master Chef
TONY GORAN

Background imageLenses Collection: The Adoration of the Trinity, 1566. Creator: Cornelis Cort

The Adoration of the Trinity, 1566. Creator: Cornelis Cort
The Adoration of the Trinity, 1566

Background imageLenses Collection: Portable 16mm Camera Date: 1950

Portable 16mm Camera Date: 1950

Background imageLenses Collection: Frustrated photographer at trotting races, Mahon, Menorca

Frustrated photographer at trotting races, Mahon, Menorca
A male photographer tries to take a close-up picture of a racehorse in its stable - but the horse pushes its nose into his camera to take a closer look

Background imageLenses Collection: Newton Invents a New Telescope, c1934

Newton Invents a New Telescope, c1934. Illustration showing Isaac Newton (1643-1727) with his invention, the Newtonian telescope, and assistant grinding lenses

Background imageLenses Collection: Ant compound eye, SEM C018 / 0552

Ant compound eye, SEM C018 / 0552
Ant compound eye, coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). The units in a compound eye, the ommatidia, each contain a cornea and photoreceptor cells

Background imageLenses Collection: Yacht ice sea Sailor goes Reene Jaggt Shooting

Yacht ice sea Sailor goes Reene Jaggt Shooting
Yacht in the ice sea Sailor goes on the Reene Jaggt / Shooting, Kneppelen and Lensen der Walrus / t Schip by Mooy lost again in the Ys / Den Ys Bear fell

Background imageLenses Collection: Lighthouse. Revolving Dioptric Apparatus, 19Th Century. From Cyclopaedia Of Useful Arts And

Lighthouse. Revolving Dioptric Apparatus, 19Th Century. From Cyclopaedia Of Useful Arts And Manufactures By Charles Tomlinson

Background imageLenses Collection: Lens Making, France

Lens Making, France
Making lenses from a glass sphere which has been blown using compressed air; at a French glassworks Date: 1896

Background imageLenses Collection: 1916 British Army issue telescope with broad arrow

1916 British Army issue telescope with broad arrow, manufactured by T. T. & H. Limited, No. 11801. TEL SIG (Mk.IV), ALSO G.S. together with low and high lenses, in leather case



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"Lenses: A Window to the World's Wonders and Beyond" Step into a captivating world through lenses, where possibilities are endless. From Tatler cover Winter Sports & Spring Cruise Number 1959, we embark on an enchanting journey. Camera lenses capture moments frozen in time, revealing hidden beauty with every click. Just like the compound eye of a fly seen through SEM Z340 / 0698, lenses provide us with unique perspectives that astound our senses. In "Hurray for the Robinson Ray. " by W. Heath Robinson, lenses take center stage as they transform ordinary objects into extraordinary inventions. Safety glasses shield our eyes from harm while allowing us to explore new horizons fearlessly. Witness groundbreaking advancements as an operation is screened live in a medical lecture using cutting-edge lens technology. Lippersheys Lenses revolutionize vision, just as historical microscopes unveil intricate details of life unseen before. The human intelligent optical interface bridges imagination and reality seamlessly. It empowers us to see beyond what meets the eye and delve deeper into the mysteries of existence. Marvel at a man adorned in an elaborate costume against the majestic backdrop of Basilica Saan Marco in St. Lenses transport us across time and space, capturing moments that transcend generations. From the 1916 British Army issue telescope with broad arrow symbolizing strength and precision to negatives that reveal both darkness and light simultaneously – lenses hold stories untold until unveiled by curious minds willing to explore their depths. So next time you gaze through a lens or peer into someone's soul through their eyes, remember that these tiny wonders have shaped history and continue to shape our perception of reality every day.