I think the question is "why did I start this site".
I have always been a collector of different objects from furniture to music. I used to be an avid collector of U.S. Calvary WWI clothing and equipment and various other U.S. kit, Marine Corp Camo, Navy Seabees kit, Vietnam tour jackets and tiger stripe camo.
By chance I started to look for some U-Boat binoculars on the net for sale, but the price had gone mad from the last time I looked, then I remembered that the United States did some great Binoculars during WWII, So I started searching and found my first set.
By chance I came across Peter Abrahams - The history of the telescope & the binocular web site with loads of great info.
To my astonishment I found that there were loads of models that were made, MK1 up to MK47, it was crazy and I got the bug.
U.S. NAVY BU SHIPS MARK 32 MOD 1 267500-1943 - National Instrument Corporation, Houston, Texas (my first pair)
SCHEDULE OF BINOCULARS, NAVY DEPARTMENT, BUREAU OF SHIPS, FILE NUMBER S2407 - 533074. 8/2/44
U.S. Navy/Marine BUREAU SHIPS - AREO - ORD - MARINE Models ARRANGED BY PETER ABRAHAMS, 1996
BAUSCH & LOMB - BAUSCH & LOMB OPT CO, ROCHESTER ,NY
HAYWARD - Hayward, Los Angeles, Calif (Only made MK45 - as featured on the home page - rare)
KOLLSMAN - SARD, Coated optics, Square D company, Flushing, NY
NATIONAL - National Instrument Corporation, Houston, Texas
NAVAL GUN FACTORY
OPTICAL & FILM SUPPLY
I still need info on the History side of these models. - I am working on this at this time. Be sure to check out the forum and post a message.
Thanks for coming to the site. If I am wrong about anything please send me an e-mail or if you just want to add something to the site.