George Mayerle test charts, Schmidt Litho Co., c1907

“[Mayerle’s] eye chart … combined four subjective tests done during an eye examination. Running through the middle of the chart, the seven vertical panels test for acuity of vision with characters in the Roman alphabet (for English, German, and other European readers) and also in Japanese, Chinese, Russian, and Hebrew. A panel in the center replaces the alphabetic characters with symbols for children and adults who were illiterate or who could not read any of the other writing systems offered. Directly above the center panel is a version of the radiant dial that tests for astigmatism. On either side of that are lines that test the muscular strength of the eyes. Finally, across the bottom, boxes test for color vision, a feature intended especially (according to one advertisement) for those working on railroads and steamboats”

via Images from the History of Medicine 1, 2


Publicity photos of Audrey Hepburn and husband Mel Ferrer in the 1957 TV movie Mayerling.

Based on a true events, Mayerling is the tragic love story between  Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria  (portrayed by Mel Ferrer) and his mistress Baroness Mary Vetsera  (played by Audrey Hepburn).  This made for TV movie originally aired in 1957 and hasn’t been seen since.  Visit this youtube channel to help get this film officially released for the first time since it’s original air date. Let’s make history! (Youtube Video: It’s rather long so skip ahead to 5:00 min and 6:50 min to see the lovely Audrey Hepburn in Mayerling.)