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American Optical Celebrates 150th Anniversary

On this day in 1983, Southbridge celebrated the 150th anniversary of the nation's oldest optical company — the American Optical Company, or "the A.O." as it was known in the Worcester County town where it began. In 1833 William Beecher opened a spectacle shop. Over the next two decades, the little workshop became a thriving...
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