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Seals for support

November 19, 2011

From the collection of The Archives & Museum of Optometry, Optometry Cares® – The AOA Foundation

The Woman’s Auxiliary to the AOA, formed in 1927, was an active, creative, and dedicated group, carrying the banner of modern optometry and supporting the work of the profession.

Their work required financial support, and sometimes that was lacking. In 1951 the Washington Optometric Association Woman’s Auxiliary realized that dues were small and other means of revenue were limited.

They proposed to the national body that attractive optometry seals (similar to the popular tuberculosis seals) be printed and sold to the state associations, auxiliary members, optometrists, and friends of optometry.

They would be promoted and sold for use on envelopes, packages, etc. The seal project proved very popular, and repeated in subsequent years, a fund-raising success. The seals shown are the 1963 design.

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