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October 11, 1913

Current Comment

JAMA. 1913;61(15):1382-1384. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350160044016

SPECTACLES AND THE PANAMA EXPOSITION  The ubiquitous optician and the spectacle-vender have not overlooked the opportunity which the numerous world's fairs in recent years have afforded them of plying their trade. Like the lemonade and peanut vender at the county fair they have not failed to see that in these expositions lie chances for reaping a golden harvest on a widely expanded scale. It is understood that the management of the Panama Exposition at San Francisco intends to grant a spectacle concession. The possibility that harm to the eyes of those who purchase their wares will be caused through the totally unscientific work of these spectacle-venders has either not been understood by the exposition management or the swelling of the revenue has been allowed to outweigh any such considerations. In referring to this, Collier's Weekly says:Is the Panama-Pacific Exposition of 1915 going to taint itself at the outset by